Public Weighs In On Vancouver’s Plans To Regulate ‘Marijuana Related Businesses’

Vancouver City Council began their public hearings this past Wednesday, June 10th to get public input on their proposed guidelines to regulate ‘marijuana related businesses’.

With over 200 people registered to speak, Council met Wednesday and Thursday night from 6-10pm, and 10-4 Saturday, making their way through over one hundred speakers. Not all those registered to speak opted to in the end. Council has announced they intend to reconvene Monday, June 22 at 6pm.

Wednesday’s first public hearing started off with City Manager Penny Ballem explaining the proposed regulations and the changes made based on council’s past requests in April when the proposed regulations were first released. The city’s proposal is extensive, but in essence, the city’s objective is to bring ‘marijuana related businesses’ under a regulatory framework, under the auspices of protecting the public.

In general, the proposed regulations seek to: (1) minimize risk to youth by keeping ‘marijuana...

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