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Storefront Marihuana Business Licences in Delta

Jun 02, 2016

The conversation surrounding marihuana prohibition and the validity of many medical marihuana dispensaries has been at the forefront of discussion. The Corporation of Delta has not been immune, as apparent from the recent denial of a storefront marihuana dispensary’s application for a business licence.

In anticipation of the issue, a delegation comprised of Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Chief Administrative Officer George V. Harvie, and Delta Police Chief Constable Neil Dubord met with Liberal MP Bill Blair in Ottawa in April, to receive an update on the federal government’s plan regarding marihuana sales and production. MP Blair reiterated his party’s plan to legalize, regulate, and restrict the drug, although currently, it remains prohibited by the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada.

Although the end of marihuana prohibition in Canada may seem inevitable under the current Federal Government, Delta Council’s decision was based upon current municipal and federal laws. Dispensaries must conform to the current laws of Canada and adhere to Delta’s Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977.

During the appeal by a storefront marihuana dispensary on May 30, 2016, several Council members expressed sympathy for people suffering with chronic pain and other health issues, though Council made it clear that the use of marihuana for medicinal purposes was not on debate.

Delta will take all necessary steps, up to and including filing court injunctions, to prohibit medical marihuana dispensaries, until legally permitted by the Government of Canada.

For more information on this specific case, view the May 30, 2016 Council Report.

For more information on this news release, contact the Mayor’s Office at mayor@delta.ca, or the CAO’s Office at 604-946-3212 or email cao@delta.ca.