With files from Shelby Thom
It’s official, the city of Vancouver has issued the first complete business license to one of the city’s dispensaries.
“History is made,” writes the Wealth Shop Society on its Facebook page, adding that it’s “proud to present Canada’s first legal medical marijuana business license in Vancouver, British Columbia.”
The dispensary, which has yet to open for business, is located at 4545 West 10th Ave, not far from UBC.
The shop, which on its website says it’s mission is to offer “alternative medicines and natural remedies so you can be free to pursue wellness on your own terms,” was the first of 10 dispensaries who’d achieved development permits to stickhandle all of the regulatory hurdles involved in getting a full business license.
The final business license application involved providing the city with police background checks on all staff, along with proof of signage regarding the protection of minors along with the potential health risks associated with medical marijuana use.
The city says the shop was approved under its retail license, which comes with an annual license fee of $30,000. That’s versus the compassion club license fee, which comes in at just $1,000.
Meanwhile, the city says there are still 61 marijuana dispensaries operating illegally.
They were supposed to shut their doors by the April 29th deadline.
139 tickets worth $250 bucks each have been handed out, while just seven have been paid.
Meanwhile, dozens of rejected pot shops are still waiting to have their appeals heard by the city’s Board of Variance, with four others planning to sue that same body after having their appeals thrown out.