Monday, June 9, 2014
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
At the northwest corner of Kingsway and Clark Drive is Vancity Medicinals, the latest in what are now ten medical marijuana dispensaries in the eight blocks between Perry and Fraser Streets.
Why so many dispensaries in such a small area? I asked a nearby business owner, who promptly told me what a friend who works for the City told him: that our neighbourhood is known for its apathy, and that attempts to open businesses like these in other parts of the city have been met with petitions and trips to city hall.
So how do these businesses work? To which he said, They work because the City has made anything to do with marijuana (short of a grow-op) a low priority. From there he added that many of these sites do not have a business licence, and that they operate through non-profit status, where once people are prescribed marijuana for their pain, they go to these dispensaries, become members, and purchase their medication.
Last week, while passing Vancity Medicinals, I noticed a sandwich board that read:
Doctor's Clinic Mondays
4:30pm - 6:30pm
But there was another sign. Six just like it, to be exact:
Are these joints targets for break-ins? I asked the nearby business owner. To which he smiled and said: Think about it. Ten dispensaries within eight blocks of each other? You have to think that at least one of them might feel the need to assert a little elbow room.