Injunctions aim at pot shops

The City of Vancouver is expected to file injunctions against 10 pot shops on Monday.

It will be the second round of court-ordered closures in the city, following 17 in May.

“What the city is doing is within our jurisdiction, which is land use and business licensing,” chief licensing inspector Andreea Thoma told CTV. “My expectation of all business that is being conducted in this city is that they conduct themselves in compliance with the regulations.”

The injunctions target dispensaries operating close to ones already approved for licenses.

Under the city's regulations, dispensaries are prohibited from operating within 300 metres of schools, community centres, neighbourhood houses, or other such shops.

When Vancouver became the first city in Canada to adopt regulations governing medical marijuana dispensaries last year, it received 176 applications. Almost all of them failed to meet the criteria, and 162 were rejected.

The city says it's working with owners to find alternative locations, but Don Briere, owner of Weeds Glass and Gifts, is planning to fight the injunction. Others have voluntarily shut down. 

“We already have our legal team, and we’re going to file a Charter challenge,” Briere told CTV.

A 150-metre limit would make most of the dispensaries legal, he said.

– with files from CTV Vancouver


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