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Vancouver Is Showing Toronto How to Handle Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Toronto is looking west to Vancouver as it considers implementing some regulations on illegally operating medical marijuana dispensaries across the city.

The decision comes after a rapid growth in the industry in Toronto, with dispensaries opening on the Danforth, in Kensington Market, in Bloordale and on Dundas Street West, to name just a few neighbourhoods.

“We just can’t have allegedly medical marijuana dispensaries popping up on every street corner in a completely unregulated manner,” said Mayor John Tory.

“We can’t have the Wild West of marijuana distribution,” he said.

In Vancouver, a similar problem emerged last year, with more than 100 medical marijuana dispensaries opening within a few months. That prompted Coun. Kerry Jang to move that the city establish a regulatory system to manage the industry.

So the city established a special licence for the budding business, putting restrictions on where and when the dispensaries could open. [Read more at]

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