With the countdown now under a month, the City of Vernon says it will be prepared for recreational cannabis to be legalized in Canada.
City spokesperson Nick Nilsen says the city has done what it can at its end.
“There is still a lot of uncertainties — certainly the provincial government is playing catch-up — they have a lot of approvals to do. In the meantime, I’m sure there will be a lot of ad-libbing, but we’ll make it work. And certainly at our end, we feel we have everything in place,” Nilsen tells Beach Radio News.
Nilsen says the 12 cannabis stores that were granted temporary use permits back in June, continue to operate under the rules of the covenants they signed.
He says the stores that didn’t agree to the rules have been monitored to ensure they remain closed and have no online sales, which he says has been the case.
And Nilsen says that has been the case, adding the city hasn’t had to issue any additional fines.
“The goal of the fines has always been about compliance, not punishment, and at this point, we haven’t handed out any extra, additional fines, so everyone is complying.”
The City is still waiting to find out what will happen with the stores once federal legalization begins Oct. 17th.
The BC government is still reviewing applications for retail stores.