Victoria Likely To Follow Vancouver’s Lead On Marijuana, Mayor Says

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.


Victoria Mulls Crackdown On Marijuana Businesses

CANADA:  Victoria city staff are recommending using business licence regulations to crack down on the budding problem of firms selling medical marijuana.

In the past year, there has been an explosion of marijuana-related businesses. Storefronts selling marijuana are clearly prohibited by federal laws, says a report going to Victoria councillors Thursday.

“It’s beyond frustrating,” Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps said of the murky waters surrounding regulation of marijuana-related businesses.

“We can’t refuse people a business licence for doing legitimate business activities. Selling marijuana is not a legitimate business activity, but being a consultant is.”