“The city is mismanaging this, they’ve been bungling it from the beginning.”
Cannabis activist Jodie Emery was speaking at city hall today, where a small group of cannabis activists staged a protest against the city’s demand that dispensaries without a permit shut their doors.
She says the bylaw rules passed by the city last year are arbitrary and need to be looked at again.
“These businesses are doing no harm, they’re providing a service, they have the support of the public, they’re employing people.”
But she doesn’t have a lot of confidence that the city is willing to listen, either.
“Kerry Jang’s language has been very worrisome, he’s called today the “drop dead date”, which is offensive really.”
Emery says many of the dispensaries will continue to operate, despite the city’s threat of enforcement and $250 per day fines.
“Some of the dispensaries will pay for those, but it many case people will not pay the fine, they will not accept that they’ve done anything wrong, and are willing to go to court and fight and sue the city or whatever it takes.”
As for the pending Federal legislation, Emery says the government hasn’t commented on dispensaries as of yet, but that Trudeau promised to support he legalization of dispensaries while campaigning in Winnipeg last summer.
“So I hope they stay true to that promise…Canadians want dispensaries, they want storefronts.”
Vancouver dispensaries that had their permit applications rejected have until midnight tonight to close their doors, or face fines.
Jodie Emery has arrived at the City Hall protest now - says they're opposed to city's crackdown on dispensaries pic.twitter.com/DaMZmGToeQ— Anna Kalfa (@kalfa980) April 29, 2016
The scene at City Hall right now pic.twitter.com/fHpmp1zhn8— Anna Kalfa (@kalfa980) April 29, 2016
The banners are coming out now... pic.twitter.com/BS4QwFpvwq— Anna Kalfa (@kalfa980) April 29, 2016
Seems they're off to a slow start & still setting up for the protest - but not seeing a crowd gathering either pic.twitter.com/yvEgA5hjbX— Anna Kalfa (@kalfa980) April 29, 2016