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A British British judge has decided in favor of the City of Vancouver in fighting with illegal cannabis stores, giving an injunction to the city hall to close 28 or more stores that were banned from obtaining a business license under a prescribed byelaw by three years according to .
Judgment Hinkson, Judicial Justice of Justice, Supreme Court, stated that Vancouver was right to limit the explosive number locations of these illegal shops and the business owners sense denied that the city overstated its jurisdiction to regulate the sale of the drug, which is a federal issue.
"Retail cannabis classes may raise issues that affect health, safety, public nuisance, and youth exposure, but like all other businesses operating in a borough, the operation of cannabis classes can lead to conflicts of use land, which will affect the local economy and the character of a neighborhood, "said the ruling." The dispute is not the critical facts in this process: all non-governing respondents are admit that they are operating a retail shop selling cannabis products, they do not currently have a business license … and all operate a business that does not comply with … is -the city zoning law. "
Many of the shops and cars in the legal struggle failed to obtain a license because they acted within 300 meters each other or a school or community center, which is broken by Vancouver byelaws.
He refused to control whether the Ottawa ban to sell a medical cannabis on the street, which is still in place with the legalized drug, is breaking the Patient Charter properly to get reasonable access to & # 39 ; r drug. Criminal shops lawyers argued that the huge increase in illegal dispensaries across the country several years ago as a result of "voting with their feet" by patients after the federal government failed to give people The ability to buy medical marijuana in person.
Katherine Holm, the city's chief license inspector, said in an interview with The Globe and Mail Thursday that Vancouver was very proud of the ruling and that the 28 criminal stores needed to close down immediately or face order fines court, prison time or both.
"We work through the details; we will develop and implement a plan to ensure that this award is complied with," he said two hours after receiving the award.
From June 25 this year, the city had announced 3,244 tickets worth $ 2.4 million to the stores and these must be paid to the city, and the judge awarded.
"That's very useful and we're very pleased to see that that is being awarded – so we'll continue to expect to pay and collect those fines," said Ms. Holm.
Despite the fact that Canada's underground cannabis industry is long, B.C. Only a handful of shops have been licensed to sell cannabis.
Vancouver has had 14 candidates passing the first stages of provincial licensing barriers and has approved four other locations as complying with city rules, which means they are awaiting a final decision by B.C. before opening.
John Conroy, a leading criminal shop lawyer, said he was disappointed by the ruling and refusing the judge to press on the constitution of the current medical marijuana system.
He said he was now considering challenging this gap in an entry to sell a street marijuana on the street at the Federal Court, where another team and another team forced Ottawa to allow authorized patients to grow their own cannabis plants.
In terms of the shops named in the injunction and any others open without the blessing of the city hall, Mr Conroy said that authorities had a legal right now to close. But he said he hoped the city will show some discretion and allow operators such as the B.C. Association of Compassion Club, which opened illegally in 1997, continued to be open and serving its patients.
"I would expect those who do not have history and reputation and credibility – and who will not be completely medical – they may close down," he said. "I hope that the police and the authorities can differentiate between those and those who are not."
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