While Vancouver moves to regulate marijuana dispensaries and shut down those who didn’t make the cut, the Mayor of Chilliwack Sharon Gaetz says she has no tolerance for pot shops operating illegally in her city.
The City of Chilliwack has filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court to shut down the WeeMedical Dispensary Society.
“We don’t have any kind of zoning that would allow for it, nor can we give a business license to a practice that is still illegal under the criminal code.”
Gaetz says Vancouver might be breaking new ground with its attempt at regulation, but she says Chilliwack won’t be following suit before pot is legalized.
“I’m not sure that that has been very successful in Vancouver, they’re trying to close 130, many of whom say they will not close. Why will we not do that? Because at this point it is an illegal substance.”
But the pot shop isn’t going down without a fight.
It’s already been raided twice by the RCMP, and has been issued 88 tickets, worth a total of $44,000.