Marijuana sales have Penticton council considering cancelling two business licenses
By Steve Arstad
Penticton City Councillors will be discussing the business licenses of Green Essence and Avitas Pharmaco, two businesses in the city who have recently had their licenses suspended for selling marijuana at a special council meeting tonight, Aug. 15, 2016.
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August 15, 2016 - 2:30 PM
PENTICTON - A special council meeting will decide the fate of two Penticton business licenses prior to tonight’s council meeting.
City staff are recommending council cancel the already suspended business licences at Avitas Pharmaco and Green Essence after a city investigation revealed marijuana was being sold at the two locations.
The special meeting comes on the heels of a special meeting of council on July 19, where council cancelled the business licenses at the Rush In and Finish Cafe.
A report going to council says selling marijuana products is an illegal activity that violates the conditions of the city issued business license.
Council will consider cancellation of each licence prior to the two business owners being allowed an opportunity to speak to council.
In cancelling the Rush In and Finish Cafe business licence in July, council asked staff to report back within 60 days with respect to providing parameters to regulate medical cannabis dispensaries.
Building and permitting manager Ken Kunka says in his report the city’s notifications to cancel the licenses is based on the sole fact marijuana was being sold on the premises. He says in spite of the possibility of changes to federal regulations surrounding the sale of marijuana, it remains at present an illegal activity.
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