Illegal Marijuana Dispensaries Not A Priority For Vancouver Police Chief Adam Palmer

CANADA:  The Vancouver Police Department‘s new Chief Constable Adam Palmer agrees with federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose that the city’s flourishing marijuana dispensaries are breaking the law — but he isn’t planning a crackdown.

“They are illegal, so the minister is correct, there’s no issue there,” said Palmer Monday.

Last week, after Vancouver city council passed a groundbreaking bylaw to regulate and license the city’s roughly 100 pot dispensaries, Ambrose issued a strongly-worded statement that she was “deeply disappointed.”


Vancouver City Council Passes Controversial Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regulations

CANADA:  Vancouver City Councillors voted in favour of new rules to regulate the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries today, despite threats from the federal government and controversy about certain provisions in the regulations.

Councillors – who unanimously supported the concept of legal medical marijuana storefronts – voted 8 to 3 in support of the new rules that, if enforced, would mean the closure of many of Vancouver’s estimated 100 dispensaries.

Medical marijuana patients, caregivers and activists who spoke to City Council in public hearings over the last two weeks raised numerous concerns about the new regulations, which would also ban baked marijuana edibles and create a $30,000 licensing fee for stores that make a profit. An amendment to the rules means not-for-profit dispensaries will be charged only $1000.

Some councillors raised concerns about proximity rules that would see many of the current stores shut down and the rules against edibles, but none of them proposed any further amendments, instead voting for or against the rules the way they currently stand.