At least sixty dispensary owners and activists gathered at Cannabis Culture on West Hastings to devise a strategy.
This, ahead of the City of Vancouver’s April 29th deadline for unlicensed pot shops to shut their doors.
Speakers encouraged attendees to keep their doors open and not go down without a fight.
Chris Nelson says his application was rejected because his shop is 70 meters away from a recreation centre at 52nd and Main Street.
“We are not going to shut down, we are going to take the fines and we are going to fight this in the courts.”
Dori Dempster runs The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary with two locations in Vancouver.
Both are up for appeal in the coming months before the Board of Variance .
Reporter: “so what is the plan as of April 29”?
Dempster: “Go back to work, show up.”
General Manager of Eggs Canna, Oana Nicoara, says her appeal won’t be heard until the end of July.
“I think that it would be premature for the city to try and shut us down. I don’t think that we have exhausted our right to appeal which we are entitled to.”
Earlier this week, Vancouver Councillor Kerry Jang said bylaw staff would be on the street as soon as the deadline passed.
“The pot dispensaries know that this is coming, this is not new, our staff have been preparing for it for several months now. The clicker times over, that’s when our staff will start their work.”
The city says those with rejected applications who stay open could face fines ranging from $250-$10,000 a day or face legal action.