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Canada: Vancouver Pot Shops Fighting New Regulations, Rejections


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Medical marijuana dispensary owners who could be put out of business by Vancouver's new regulations are not planning on going away without a fight.

Only 15 to 20 dispensaries will be approved and licensed after the city goes through 176 applications for business licenses, according to Vancouver Councillor Kerry Jang, reports Laura Kane at The Canadian Press. But owners who are expecting rejection letters said the first "no" from the city will just be the beginning of a process of appeals and legal action.

"With any new rules or regulations or licensing, it will take a long time," said Chuck Varabioff of the British Columbia Pain Society. "I do know a lot of dispensaries will file lawsuits."

"I'll never file a lawsuit against the city," Varabioff said, "but I definitely would appeal if I'm told that I have to move."

The city isn't imposing a cap on dispensaries, according to Jang, but only 15 are 20 shops are likely to meet its stringent requirements, including a clean criminal record and a ban on operating with 300 meters of schools, community centers and other dispensaries. Jang first revealed that estimate to local politicians at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention on Monday; he said it was his own calculation and not an official figure.

Colorado: First Marijuana Business Licenses Issued; Legal Cannabis Sales For Adults To Begin January 1


Amendment 64 campaign leaders will hold a news conference on the morning of January 1 at a Denver marijuana store — with an on-site cultivation facility — to recognize first-ever adult marijuana retail sales

First customer will be a Denver-based veteran with PTSD who uses marijuana to alleviate his symptoms; the former Marine appeared in a Yes on 64 television ad discussing how legalization would benefit Coloradans with PTSD — a condition not covered by the state's medical marijuana law

The Colorado State Department of Revenue issued the first licenses to marijuana businesses in Colorado on Monday, December 23. Retail marijuana stores will begin selling marijuana to adults 21 and older on January 1.

The state approved 348 total licenses, including 136 for retail stores, 178 for cultivation facilities, 31 for product manufacturing facilities, and three for testing facilities.

Leaders of the campaign in support of Amendment 64, the successful ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol approved in November 2012, will hold a news conference at 7:30 a.m. on January 1 at a Denver marijuana retail store that includes an on-site marijuana cultivation facility. The specific store will be announced later this week.

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