Victoria becomes second B.C. city to propose regulating marijuana sales

Yesterday (May 7), Victoria city council received a report from staff that recommended a crackdown on the provincial capital’s growing number of medicinal marijuana dispensaries.

In a vote of seven to one, councillors opted to reject that suggestion. Instead, they requested staff draft new business and zoning bylaws that would regulate the over-the-counter sales of marijuana.

In a telephone interview, Mayor Lisa Helps said Victoria is now on a path similar to that of Vancouver, which on April 28 saw city council send a proposed legal framework for marijuana sales to a public hearing.

"It was a very thorough conversation and the direction that we went is similar to what Vancouver is doing," she told the Straight.

Helps said that for her, a decision in favour of regulation over prohibition largely came down to two factors.

The first was the support of the Victoria Police Service. At the...

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