The City of Vancouver’s chief licensing inspector and head of the contentious marijuana file has left her post.
Andreea Toma left in late December, but one Councillor says its enforcement is still a priority.
Councillor Kerry Jang says city bylaw officers will continue to issue fines to marijuana dispensaries who don’t comply with bylaws.
“We’ll continue to go back to these shops to try to get them to compliance using fines. And once again, if they don’t comply, we’ll use that as evidence to seek a court injunction.”
Jang says its business as usual in Toma’s absence.
“This is what we’re doing with a number of pot shops, we’re escalating to provide evidence to courts, hopefully we can get a court order to shut them down that way.”
The city quadrupled fines from $250 to $1,000 last month.
“We haven’t heard anything different, or nothing has changes since Ms. Toma left and its business as usual.”
34 tickets have been handed out at $1,000 a piece, only two have been paid at that amount.
In total, more than 1,100 tickets have been issues, only 269 have been paid
The city says staff are supporting Toma’s role in her absence until a replacements is found.
Thousands in tickets, but fighting to stay open
Meanwhile, Don Briere owns Weeds Glass and Gifts, a chain of pot shops in Vancouver.
Even with high ticket prices looming, he’s continuing the fight to stay open.
“We’re fighting all the tickets, as soon as we get a ticket, we bring it into our lawyers and they file a challenge on it.”
Briere says he’s received 6 tickets totaling $6,000.