We’re getting a closer look at the District of Squamish’s new medical marijuana dispensary licencing rules.
Last Wednesday, Council gave the green light for operators to step out of the shadows and into city regulation.
There are currently three dispensaries in Squamish and the district has received three applications.
Mayor Patricia Heintzman says with the federal Liberal government moving to regulate pot, the district anticipates an influx of dispensaries in the future.
“Create sort of our own critical path and keeping in mind there are potentially illegal aspects to these businesses. Police will pursue particularly in organized crime and selling to minors will pursue those things independent to our regulations.”
She says regulating dispensaries would allow for better control.
“What we’re simply doing is saying these zones can potentially have a medical marijuana dispensary. And we’ve allocated fees and fines and a system whereby we can actually charge out when needed both for business licensing and ticketing bylaws.”
Heintzman says a business license would cost just $5,000 in comparison to the City of Vancouver’s which costs $30,000.