Another busy meeting on pot shop regulations expected tonight

Another busy meeting on pot shop regulations expected tonight - image

Hearings resume tonight over proposed regulations for medical pot shops in Vancouver.

The regulations would include a new business licence category, a $30,000 fee and a requirement that stores be 300 metres away from schools, community centres and each other.

More than 150 people have signed up to speak to the proposed regulations, which have drawn fire from both sides.

Industry advocates say the licence fee is too high and federal ministers and anti-pot activists have criticized the plan, calling on the city and police to crack down on the shops rather than legitimize them.

The first meeting, which took place on June 10, attracted a crowd of more than 200 people.

But it’s a debate that won’t end any time soon. The public hearings could stretch for days before a vote can even be considered.

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With files from Jon Azpiri 

WATCH: A full house at Vancouver City Hall to hear how the city wants to regulate its booming medical marijuana industry. Jeremy Hunka reports

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