Almost 200 Applications Filed For Vancouver’s Pot Dispensary Licence

The city of Vancouver has received nearly 200 applications from illegal medical marijuana dispensaries seeking business licences.

CANADA:  The city of Vancouver has received nearly 200 applications from illegal medical marijuana dispensaries seeking business licences, setting off a process that is expected to dramatically reduce the number of such operations while making Vancouver the first jurisdiction in Canada to regulate storefront pot sales.

Citing the proliferation of illegal pot shops, city council approved new rules earlier this year that will award business licences in exchange for hefty fees, as well as place restrictions on where dispensaries can be located and what they can sell. There are currently more than 100 shops openly selling the drug in all corners of the city, even as pot sales remain illegal outside of the licensed federal medical-marijuana regime.

By last Friday’s deadline, the city received 176 applications, though only a fraction of those are expected to actually survive the licensing process.

 

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