City approves new rules to regulate, control marijuana dispensaries

June 24, 2015 | Safer Communities

Vancouver City Council has approved a set of rules to control the location and operation of marijuana dispensaries. The new regulations were developed by City staff in conjunction with the Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Coastal Health.

The new rules include strict guidelines for where dispensaries can operate. Under the City’s new rules, they must be at least 300 meters away from schools, community centres, or another marijuana-related use. Children under the age of 18 will not be allowed entry, and all applicants and staff must go through a criminal record check on an annual basis.

“These new rules will give the City the tools we need to properly manage dispensaries, while enabling those who provide a vital medical service,” said Mayor Robertson. “This is a common sense approach to a complicated issue, which has been made worse by the lack of action from the Federal government.”

Applicants will be required to pay a $30,000 annual licensing fee, unless they qualify as a Compassion Club, which will have an annual fee of $1,000. All dispensaries operating in the City now have 60 days to apply for a license.