Saskatoon councillors vote against business licences for marijuana dispensaries

Saskatchewan Compassion Club owner Mark Hauk outside of the Saskatoon Police Station.

A City of Saskatoon committee has made it much more difficult for marijuana dispensaries to open in the city.

Today, the Standing Policy Committee on Planning, Development and Community Services voted against issuing business licences to marijuana dispensaries.

Administration argued that medical marijuana falls under federal jurisdiction, and anyone involved with it must get a federal licence.

It also said that the City of Saskatoon should only issue a business licence to the dispensary if it receives federal approval.

"Nobody likes to hear this, but the federal law is the federal law," said Christine Bogad, director of administrative law for the city solicitor's office.

Saskatchewan Compassion Club owner Mark Hauk was disappointed in the committee's decision. He said many patients have trouble getting their medical marijuana, and the compassion club was created to help them.

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