[Jamie Shaw, spokeswoman for the B.C. Compassion Club, displays two different varieties of medical marijuana available at the East Vancouver dispensary in East Vancouver, British Columbia, June 5, 2015. / Reuters]
Starting today, unlicensed Vancouver compassion clubs and cannabis dispensaries could be hit with $250 fines or even court injunctions forcing closures as a result of a new bylaw.
The city has promised “boots on the ground” visiting the cannabis dispensaries after 162 of the 176 applications for licenses failed due to being within 300 metres of each other, schools, community centres or youth facilities.
While some prospective pot peddlers have thrown their names in the hat – 230 applicants according to the city’s last count – other dispensaries, which can rake in $10,000 or more a day, say they plan to eat the city’s fines in the short term while they wait for the Federal government’s much-anticipated recreational marijuana legislation to come into play next April.
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