The number of Vancouver dispensaries going to court over their rejected permit applications has climbed to four.
Lawyer Robert Laurie says in addition to the SWED society, he’s now representing the B.C Pain Society, the Vancity Medicinal Society and the Green Cross society of BC.
He says the four claim the board of variance wrongly bowed to the city when hearing their appeals.
“So the city essentially said yes, Board of Variance these are matter that you are unable to consider, and by saying and doing such to that effect, the board of variance were not aware that they could in fact relax the bylaws.”
All four dispensaries development permit applications had originally been turned down for being within 300 meters of a school.
Laurie says none of his clients, including the more than a dozen others he’s representing at the Board of Variance into the fall, plan to close by the city’s Friday deadline.
“I can tell you of all those applications no one’s planning to shut down.”
The city says it will have inspectors on the streets as soon as the deadline passes, and could eventually resort to fines or police-backed court injunctions if needed.
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