The city of Vancouver has issued its second business license to a medical marijuana dispensary.
But while it’s second out of the gate, it’s making history in its own right.
Managing Director Lee Jackson, says as far as he knows, Urban Earth Medical society on Renfrew St. is the first licensed compassion club in Canada.
The club got its official paperwork last Tuesday.
“It’s something special. Words really can’t describe it. It brings joy to be a part of something like this.”
The clubs face tougher standards from the city, including the requirement they be non-profits, but pay just $1,000 license versus the $30,000 other dispensaries face.
With legalization in the wind, Jackson admits there’s uncertainty about the future, but says they’re doing their best to stay on top of it.
“We’re just trying to follow every rule and regulation that they give us. We always try to adapt to the changing rules that are going on. We’re just happy that Vancouver let us continue to serve our members.”
Jackson adds its been a tough road. He had to close two locations himself before he found one that met city guidelines, and he sympathizes with other dispensaries who’ve hit roadblocks.
“I know what it feels like. I just had to try to find another place that was suitable for the needs of Vancouver. So to be on the other side of that is obviously probably a stressful time. Especially, you have members that rely on on you to provide them with medical needs.”
The city granted its first business license back in May. Ten other dispensaries have earned development permits and could be in line for a full business license.
Last week, the federal government announced a task force on marijuana legalization.