“This is stone-aged thinking for a stone-aged Government.”
Words from a lawyer representing a number of cannabis dispensaries.
He says his clients were sent an e-mail from Health Canada.
In that letter, he says they were told they have until the 21st of September to shut down.
Kirk Tousaw says his clients thought the letter was a joke because of the way it was presented.
He says Health Canada told him the letter was real.
“It seemed a little odd that Health Canada would be e-mailing an unsigned letter to medical cannabis dispensaries rather than serving them the normal way with a signed correspondence by registered mail, so we want to make sure that this was real, and that we do have their confirmation.
Health Canada confirms authenticity of the letters
Close to 24 hours after the dispensaries began receiving the letters, Health Canada confirms they sent those warning letters to 13 pot dispensaries in Vancouver.
The letters tell the owners if they don’t stop advertising the sale of marijuana they’ll contact police.
Lawyer Kirk Tousaw, who represents a number of dispensaries, says this is a bully approach from a government that has failed to get the medical marijuana program right…
“They’ve had a decade to do it properly. It’s lost in court repeatedly on chartered grounds and now it’s flexing it’s muscles in a different arena, obviously hoping for different results.”
Tousaw says they’ve been threatened with up to five years in prison and up to a $2-million fine if they fail to stop by September 21st.