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Majority of Vancouver’s Marijuana Dispensaries Are Breaking City’s Proposed Rules

Sixty percent of Vancouver’s marijuana businesses violate city hall’s proposed rules that they not be located within 300 metres of each other, and more than a third are too close to a school or community centre, an analysis by The Sun shows.

The proposed rules could eliminate 25 per cent of Vancouver’s 80 marijuana-related businesses, predicts the city, and will not “grandfather in” the existing shops. While many of the owners are grateful the city is trying to regulate the industry, nearly all are worried about the future of their locations and hope the rules will be tweaked after some consultation.

“When I opened my first place on Burrard and Davie, there was nothing anywhere near me then. Now there is a marijuana business that opened up behind me on Howe, that had nothing to do with me,” said Don Briere, owner of 11 Weeds, Glass and Gifts locations in Vancouver. “Why should I leave, when I was the first one there?” [Read more at the Vancouver Sun]

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