Former pot shop owner sued

An Okanagan pot shop owner is being sued over a storefront he briefly operated in Penticton.

Robert Jaenicke, owner of Okanagan Cannabis Solutions in West Kelowna, opened his business in Penticton at #104 - 575 Main Street in January, despite not having a permit to do so.

About a month later, Jaenicke closed his store, after receiving $250 fines weekly for two weeks, followed $500 fines daily from the City of Penticton.

Discos Kojack Ltd., the company that owns the property Jaenicke operated his business in, claims he abandoned the store in the spring and stopped paying rent, against the terms of a lease that was previously agreed upon. 

According to the lawsuit filed on Nov. 29, the two sides agreed on a lease on Nov. 4, 2016 for Jaenicke to operate his business at the Main Street storefront. Subjects on the property were removed 17 days later.

Jaenicke had access to the property on Jan. 1, and the lawsuit claims he abandoned the storefront sometime close to Apr. 1.

"Since the breach by the defendant, the plaintiff has listed the property and attempted to find a new tenant to no avail," the lawsuit reads.

Discos Kojack is seeking damages from the alleged breach of the lease as well as interest from the lease and legal costs incurred.

Separate from the lawsuit for his brief Penticton operation, Jaenicke's West Kelowna dispensary was sued by city staff on Friday, along with the city's four other pot shops.

Jaenicke's current dispensary has been operating without a license, and he's been fined $1,000 daily by the city since then.

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