Pubdate: Fri, 19 Feb 2016
Source: Nelson Star (CN BC)
Copyright: 2016 Black Press
Author: Michael Donner


Re: "Nelson's new business license bylaw aims at clarity for 
marijuana dispensaries"

I read with interest what sounded like doublespeak by the mayor 
regarding medical marijuana dispensaries. On one hand they are 
"waiting" for the federal government to enact laws and have requested 
extensive consultation with the provinces and cities ... yet somehow 
this new direction is"coming soon."

Not likely. The feds have bigger fish to fry and one might hope our 
city council and staff do too.

Further doublespeak is the trojan horse the city is gearing up to use 
in the meantime: the business licence. The dispensaries must have 
one, yet the city will not issue them one because the city is not 
certain they are legal operations. So, raise your hand and apply for 
a license, get denied and then get fined $150 then $300 then $500 
(and the second day counts as the second fine, etc.)

The trojan horse of the by-law fines will do the job the ambiguous 
legal situation cannot: ruin the businesses financially and cause 
them to close down.

On top of this the police are reported to feel that the dispensaries 
are not really a problem; they are not near schools, do not sell to 
minors and rather only to those of us who get a doctor's note of need.

So, if it's not a big police/public safety issue why all the fuss and 
time spent on this repeatedly by council and city staff? And in spite 
of the claim that the council is divided on this issue and the mayor 
is proud of the conversation the council is having, then it must be 
the city staff who are pushing for tougher by-laws to be used to run 
my clean, reliable source of medical marijuana out of town. I did not 
know that I live in such a reactionary community where a clearly 
useful medical product gets demonized so creatively.

Naturally I can purchase pot on the street (for even less money) in 
any case, though for health reasons I use edibles rather than smoke. 
Perhaps street drugs of all kinds should be the focus of our city 
leaders and their staff.

Michael Donner, Nelson
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