CANADA: Victoria likely will follow Vancouver’s lead this fall by regulating illegal marijuana dispensaries, Mayor Lisa Helps said Wednesday.
“Council has already said it would be good for Victoria to take a similar approach and now we have Vancouver’s concrete leadership. So now our staff’s job is easier,” Helps said. “I think it is important to be in concert and solidarity as we move forward on this really complex issue.”
Vancouver became the first city in Canada to regulate marijuana dispensaries in what Mayor Gregor Robertson called a common-sense approach after the federal government’s failure to provide proper policies.
“We’re faced with a tough situation, a complicated situation,” Robertson said Wednesday after councillors voted 8-3 to impose new regulations.