The city of Vancouver has sent a warning to the handful of unlicensed cannabis dispensaries still open for business, saying that time is running out before they are forced to shutdown.
This comes after the city approved three new licensed dispensaries in Vancouver. There are now six licensed dispensaries in B.C.
Before legalization, there were 97 dispensaries in Vancouver’s downtown core. Vancouver Chief Licensing Inspector, Kathyrn Holm, says it’s unclear how many of those shops are still open, but they will soon be forced to close.
Google currently lists 20 unlicensed dispensaries open in Vancouver.
Holm says, if the unlicensed businesses don’t comply and close their doors, they may face legal proceedings, fines, or even jail time.
However, it appears unlikely that the owners and operators of these illegal cannabis dispensaries will actually spend any time behind bars, according to legal experts.