Vancouver appears ready to lead all of Canada into a re-legalized future.
The city has approved new rules to license and regulate illegal marijuana stores, making it the first city in Canada to attempt to control the burgeoning market – and setting it on a collision course with the country’s federal government.
After four days of public hearings, the city council approved regulations that will set zoning controls and hefty licence fees for Vancouver’s many pot shops: the city of 600,000 is thought to have more marijuana stores than its 109 Starbucks locations.
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Former British Columbia Attorney General, Geoff Plant, QC, expressed support for regulation, saying, “The federal government is increasingly out of touch. They are stuck in a ‘reefer madness’, non-evidence-based position.
“The government of Canada has – with its failure to grasp the reality of marijuana and grapple with it – actually made things worse,” he went on to argue. “They have allowed a black market to flourish, and now a white market has taken hold, and the longer it goes on, the harder it is to bring it back to a clean slate and introduce proper policy.”
In an attempt to sidestep a potential legal challenge from Ottawa, Vancouver has been careful to say they are simply regulating the businesses involved, not the products they are selling.
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