Feature Story Tuesday, January 24, 2017
City Hall denies WeeMedical again
WeeMedical's lawyer speaks to mayor and council at the City Hall meeting Tuesday. Below some of the marijuana products seized.
he business of Marijuana is smoking hot in many parts of the country, however in places like Chilliwack, it's still ice cold.
At the City Hall council meeting Tuesday, one of the agenda items was if WeeMedical Wellness Centre would be allowed back in business at their 5th Avenue store, when their licence to operate was revoked last year for "non-compliance" after a couple of much-publicized pot busts. They were also fined over $44,000.
The decision to revoke WeeMedical's licence was signed-off on by City of Chilliwack David Blaine, director of planning and engineering, supported by Peter Montief, CAO.
"This licence does not authorize the
sale of cannabis or cannabis derivatives. Such use is expressly
prohibited. This Licence is issued for the business described herein and
no other. Any false or misleading information given in order to obtain
this licence is an offence and shall make this licence invalid."
This time, in another attempt to reopen the store, Liu came armed with lawyer Mitch Foster. She sat quietly while he made her case.
On Monday, the day before council meeting,
The Voice attempted to contact WeeMedical about the anonymous
complaint. However, likely for legal reasons, didn't receive a response.
Above, the anonymous complaint filed November 23, 2016. (Right click, save and preview for a larger, more readable image.)
In most cases, complaints to the City have
names and addresses, just not this one. But nevertheless it was accepted
by staff in their determinations and report.
"I believe in allowing people to have safe
access to a source of medicine that Health Canada has already
acknowledged," said Liu in an email to The Voice later. "Taking
away people's choice on how they access it is wrong when clearly there
are benefits to medical marijuana."
Liu added, "Chilliwack has a lot of elderly residents who need access to their medicine of choice but council don't sympathize at all."
Hi Garret (Schipper),
We seized 51.55 ounces of marijuana and 6.95 ounces of hash along with the large quantity of cannabis infused
products. Was found packaged in small quantities in the bottom compartment of the display case, both fridges, and the backroom where larger quantities were located.
- Cst. Kyle Bowness
At Liu's last City Hall appearance, Mayor Sharon Gaetz said that she saw it as attempt by Weemedical to "jump the queue".
Gatez withdrew her council from chambers so they could confer with someone on the legal aspects related to allowing WeeMedical to continue to operate. When they returned, Gaetz put forward the motion and council voted unanimously against WeeMedical.
"I have confidence in staff and their
report," said councillor Stam.
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