The City of Vancouver is steaming ahead with its benchmark decision to regulate illegal pot shops.
Out of 176 applications, only 14 got the go-ahead to apply for a development permit- and Vancouver’s Director of Planning is expected to issue the first next week.
Most failed to meet the 300 meter rule from schools and community centers.
After that, Chief Licensing Inspector Andreea Toma says the pot shops must meet specific criteria to be granted the coveted business license.
“They need a PIC, a police information check of everybody within their working establishment. They also need to decide and provide us with the information whether or not they are applying as a no-profit compassion club license category or the for-profit medical marijuana related use.”
Toma says after a six month grace period, the city can move to shut down unregulated shops in April.
“We can start ticketing, we do have the possibility of injunction that has to go in front of council, it goes right to the BC Supreme Court, and of course there is the ongoing orders and prosecution that takes part with ticketing.”
The city says 19 more locations, which are too close to one another, are in a process called “declustering.”
Essentially, locations clustered together will have to compete against one another; the dispensary in each cluster which provides the best application will move forward, while the others will need to move or be forced to close down.
62 rejected pot shops are appealing to the Board of Variance.
The first hearing is scheduled for February 17th.