February 14, 2018 1:48 pm

Vernon allows medical marijuana dispensaries to legally operate

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Vernon council has joined several other B.C. cities and towns in giving final approval to the legal operation of medical marijuana dispensaries.

Council has passed a bylaw requiring existing shops to apply for a temporary-use permit and be subject to city inspections.

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Only dispensaries open before last November will be eligible for a permit which will be a bridge until new federal laws take effect this summer.

Mayor Akbal Mund said edibles can’t be sold as they’re not part of the legalization at this point.

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City councilor Juliette Cunningham said it will be a safer model as the shops will have to meet building codes and other standards.

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-With files from CJIB FM 

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