Victoria, BC announced today that the exemption period for cannabis businesses in the city to comply with the city’s new cannabis regulations has ended. The city will now begin the process of launching legal proceedings like court injunctions to encourage compliance with the city’s bylaws.
The city says their aim is to get the thirteen remaining marijuana businesses operating in city limits to begin to adhere to the city’s rules, and legal action will end with an application with the city.
From the outset, the City’s objective has been to work with the industry to gain compliance with the regulations, which took effect in November 2016. The regulations provided a grace period of 60 days to allow businesses to meet the requirements of the regulations, which include applying for a business license and rezoning the property. The City provided education and support during that period to help businesses become compliant. To date, 33 cannabis retailers have applied for a business license, and 23 have applied for rezoning. 16 cannabis retailers have yet to apply for rezoning, and one for a business license. The legal proceedings can be halted by non-compliant cannabis retailers by applying for the required business license and rezoning.