One Of Vancouver’s Oldest Marijuana Dispensaries Shut Down Today Amid Legal Threats From The City

The Vancouver Dispensary Society has been open since 2008

The operator of one of Vancouver’s oldest marijuana dispensaries says legal threats from the City are forcing the business to shut down.

Dana Larsen, director of the Vancouver Dispensary Society, says the shop at 888 East Hastings Street has been open since 2008, but on Wednesday, as of 11:00 a.m. the Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary will no longer sell pot. The storefront is slated to re-open at noon as a cannabis advocacy centre.

Larsen admits the business — which he says is the third-oldest dispensary in the city — didn’t have the necessary license to operate legally, but argues that’s the fault of zoning bylaws.

“Because the area we’re in is zoned for industrial purposes, even though it’s got a lot of commercial cafes and retail places, and even though we’ve been there for 10 years, because it was zoned for industrial purposes we were unable to apply for a business license or get a development permit,” he explains.

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