At least 62 marijuana dispensaries to appeal City’s rejections: City posts Board of Variance schedule

Operating dispensaries at 2223 & 2235 Commercial Drive will appeal at the Board of Variance (BoV), seek bylaw relaxation

While a total of 14 applications for licences for medical marijuana shops are in the pipeline, the City has turned down the majority of the applicants. At least 62 shops plan to fight the City’s decision not to accept their applications. They plan to go through the Board of Variance, with meetings running through to November 16, 2016. An additional 79 applicants who were turned down have decided not appeal the City’s decision.

The Board of Variance is permitted to listen to arguments about “hardship” as a reason to relax bylaws; however, financial considerations won’t count. There are no longer any third party appeals at the BoV. In a previous post, we stated:

“…residents are on an uneven playing field, as the ability to have 3rd party appeals has been removed. The Vision dominated Council has never reinstated 3rd party appeals, despite promises by former Councillor Tony Tang to do so. Hence the BoV’s decisions would be final and 3rd party appeals won’t be considered for residents who might otherwise challenge relaxations for marijuana dispensaries.”

Who is on the Board of Variance? Former Vision Vancouver City Councillor George Chow is a member the Board. Chow is joined by Gilbert Tan (Board Chair), Jag Dhillon, Namtez (Babbu) Sohal, and Martha Welsh.

The Board’s meetings are open to the public. It’s possible to request to speak in favour or against an appeal. Further details about the planned Board of Variance meetings can be found in the following document:

http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/list-of-refused-applications-for-medical-marijuana-related-uses-preliminary-development-permits.pdf

Some questions to consider: How many resources is the city expending to hear all of these appeals? Was there something wrong with the original bylaw? Are there issues with the bylaw interpretation? Could a reasonable person have expected that many would appeal? Will other important applications to the BoV be held up because of the long backlog of medical marijuana appeals? How will they be prioritized and sequenced?

For reference, the list of retail medical marijuana applicants to appear at the Board of Variance is reproduced below (note the meeting times are subject to change):

REFUSED APPLICATIONS PENDING APPEAL TO THE BOARD OF VARIANCE
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – February 17, 2016
DE419328 Unit B – 2943 Kingsway Cannpassion
DE419310 1299 Kingsway Vancity Medicinal Society
DE419442 2908 Commercial Dr BC Pain Society
DE419302 3450 E Hastings St Weeds Glass and Gifts Ltd.
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – March 2, 2016
DE419470 1470 Commercial Dr Emilio Marrello
DE419303 2145 Kingsway Green Cross Society of BC
DE419418 4170 Fraser St Urban Earth Medical Society
DE419567 610 SE Marine Dr BC Medical Marihuana Research Society
DE419579 3187 Main St Lotusland Mount Pleasant Cannabis Society
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – April 6, 2016
DE419447 211 E 16th Av TBD (formerly Weeds Glass& Gifts)
DE419340 3357 W 4th Av Point Grey Cannabis Ltd
DE419375 3634 W 4th Av Karuna Health Foundation
DE419431 1938 W Broadway Karuna Health Foundation
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – April 20, 2016
DE419446 8640 Granville St Divine Ventures
DE419497 3133 W Broadway Chronic Hub Social Club Society
DE419598 2991 Commercial Dr BC Compassion Club Society
DE419406 1012 SW Marine Dr Kerrisdale Therapeutic Healing Society
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – May 4, 2016
DE419536 Unit A – 2943 Kingsway Sunrise Wellness Kingsway Foundation
DE419562 1182 Thurlow St The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary/ Thurlow
DE419361 369 Columbia Farm Dispensary
DE419473 3673 E Hastings St James McManus

 

Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – May 18, 2016
DE419471 8425 Granville St Darcy Delainey
DE419541 4893 Clarendon St Canna+Mart
DE419552 2127 Kingsway Eastside Compassion Society
DE419549 151 E Hastings St Real Compassion Society
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – June 1, 2016
DE419420 2570 Granville St The Green Rhino
DE419421 2231 Granville St The Green Rhino
DE419307 925 Davie St Kandu Canna Meds Soc
DE419554 1304 Seymour St Seymour Holistic Wellness Ltd.
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – June 15, 2016
DE419535 1740 Commercial Dr My Remedy Wellness Society
DE419516 2868 W 4th Av Mike Babins
DE419513 2137 Commercial Dr Vancouver Pain Management Society
DE419405 1745 Nanaimo Medicinal Express
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – July 13, 2016
DE419373 21 W Broadway Heritage Dispensary Clinic Society DBA Healing Tree
DE419372 529 E Hastings St Heritage Dispensary Clinic Society DBA Healing Tree
DE419528 1078 Mainland St Remedy Wellness Society
 

DE419547

 

8188

Champlain

Crescent

 

The Healing Tree

Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – July 27, 2016
DE419490 2303 E Hastings St Eggs Canna Inc.
DE419493 2076 Kingsway Eggs Canna Inc.
DE419492 2235 Commercial Dr Eggs Canna Inc.
DE419371 512 Beatty St Heritage Dispensary Clinic Society DBA Healing Tree
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – August 24, 2016
DE419392 736 E Broadway Canna Farmacy Society Broadway
DE419390 8546 Granville St Canna Farmacy Society Marpole
DE419393 1259 Kingsway Canna Farmacy Society Kingsway
DE419553 312 W Hastings St Crosstown Dispensary
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – September 7, 2016
DE419391 2935 W 4th Av Canna Farmacy Society Kitsilano
DE419403 231 Abbott St Red-MED
DE419563 880 E Hastings St The Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary/ Hastings
DE419583 #102 – 1675 Hornby St Canada Bliss Herbal Society
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – September 21, 2016
DE419594 900 – 555 Burrard St The Wealthshop Compassion Club
DE419416 8265 Main St MMJ Canada Society
DE419252 1290 E 12th Av Medical Mary-Jane Canada Society
DE419605 6453 Victoria Dr Medical Mary-Jane Canada Society

 

Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – October 5, 2016
DE419444 2347 E Hastings St West Coast Freepaw Society
DE419466 45 W Broadway Lime Life
DE419465 326 E Hastings St Lime Life
DE419467 1167 Granville St Lime Life
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – October 19, 2016
DE419484 63 Kingsway Vancity Weed Dispensary Inc.
DE419486 2223 Commercial Dr Canna Clinic Medicinal Society
DE419440 725 Nelson St Pacific Educational Apparels Society
DE419485 1181 Granville St Vancity Weed Dispensary Inc.
Board of Variance Appeal Hearings – November 16, 2016
DE419495 2931 Cambie St West Coast Medicann Society

 

REFUSED APPLICATIONS THAT DID NOT APPEAL
DE419530 1340 Commercial Dr The Healing Club Medicinal Society
DE419546 1730 Commercial Drive Persia Foods
DE419457 866 E Broadway Mary Janes Canadian Cannabis Society
DE419366 618 E Broadway Crossroads Health and Wellness
DE419539 8486 Granville St Eden Medicine Canada Society
DE419540 8484 Granville St Carrot Health Society
DE419544 8079 Granville St West Canna Medical Dispensary
DE419572 8455 Granville St The THC Dispensary
DE419404 2463 E Hastings St Medicinal Express
DE419432 2603 E Hastings St Karuna Health Foundation
DE419531 2556 E Hastings St West Coast Spliffs
DE419560 #1 – 2699 Kingsway Apollo Medical
DE419454 2580 Kingsway Canadian Weed Cannabis Society (Akan Weeds)
DE419542 2522 Kingsway Weed Wackers
DE419455 2916 W 4th Av Canadian Weed Cannabis Society (aka Weeds)
DE419464 2918 W 4th Av The Buddha’s Sister Medicinal Society
DE419469 109 E Broadway Leaves of Zazie
DE419422 467 W Broadway to be determined…
DE419496 1190 Melville St Hemple Holistic Healing Society
DE419543 2443 Alder St West Canna Medical Dispensary
DE419548 2695 W Broadway Eggs Canna Inc.
DE419576 2857 W Broadway Green Panda
DE419436 3245 W Broadway True Natural Healing Society
DE419360 3611 W Broadway Jim’s Green Option Society
DE419582 3474 W Broadway Lotusland Broadway Cannabis Society
DE419452 2108 W 45th Av Healing Herb Dispensary
DE419502 5970 East Boulevard West Canna Medical Dispensary

 

DE419596 6075 West Boulevard Mr. Nice Guy Dispensary
DE419449 #104 – 1807 Burrard St Canadian Weed Cannabis Society (weeds)
DE419506 4830 Nanaimo St West Canna Medical Dispensary
DE419414 1948 Kingsway 1043637 BC Ltd.
DE419463 876 Kingsway Medi Zen
DE419504 1449 Kingsway Bagel Health Society
DE419524 1092 Kingsway Health Lifestyle Marijuana Supplies Centre
DE419573 928 Kingsway Natural Releaf Society
DE419591 876 Kingsway Mr. Nice Guy Dispensary
DE419550 2836 Commercial Dr 1018580 BC Ltd.
DE419551 2767 Commercial Dr 1018580 BC Ltd.
DE419577 3458 Dunbar St Green Panda
DE419529 306 Water St Gastown Remedy Wellness Society
DE419538 88 Keefer Place Eden Medicinal One Society
DE419569 118 Keefer Place The Herb Co. International Village
DE419555 1066 W Hastings St BC Product Dispensary (Office…PROBLEM)
DE419593 331 Howe St The Wealthshop Social Society
DE419453 1232 Burrard St Canadian Weed Cannabis Society (aka Weeds)
DE419503 138 E Pender St Eden Medicinal Three Society
DE419537 161 E Pender St Eden Medicinal Society
DE419532 830 Denman St The Healing Club Medicinal Society
DE419578 1707 Robson St Green Panda
DE419311 555 Dunsmuir St Green Room Society
DE419300 505 E 15th Av Pacific Leaf Society
DE419415 644 Kingsway The Vancouver Mega Chill Society
DE419425 217 E 50th Avenue Medicinal Express
DE419456 6657 Main St Canadian Weed Cannabis Society (AKA Weeds)
DE419520 6462 Main St The Healing Center on Main (2015) Foundation
DE419590 6621 Main St Mr. Nice Guy Dispensary
DE419451 #185 – 288 E Georgia St Brae Haven Urban Farm Society
DE419505 637 E Hastings St Eden Medicinal Two Society
DE419509 3421 E Hastings St Happy Healing Society
DE419584 3684 E Hastings St TBD
DE419525 4153 Fraser St Natural Releaf Society
DE419564 6124 Fraser St TBD
DE419574 6128 Fraser St Imedikate Dispensary Society
DE419308 1055 Seymour St Green Room Society
DE419450 1108 Richards St Canadian Weed Cannabis Society (aka Weeds)
DE419580 1288 Howe St Apollo Medical
DE419354 3535 Kingsway Urban Earth Medical Society
DE419526 5036 Victoria Dr Ascent MMJ
DE419362 1875 Powell St Farm Dispensary

 

DE419498 #100 – 68 E 2nd Av Sea to Sky Alternative Healing Society
DE419595 1774 E Hastings St The Wealthshop Culture Foundation
DE419475 5033 Joyce St ABC Dispensary
DE419507 1674 Davie St Grapefruit Health Society
DE419522 3705 Renfrew St Ahmad Javahery
 

DE419545

 

892

Commercial Div

North

 

Canmed Wellness

DE419561 5550 Victoria Dr Green Monster Gardem Inc
DE419581 1487 W Pender St Apollo Medical
DE419585 2610 W 4th Av TBD
DE419592 6985 Victoria Dr Mr. Nice Guy Dispensary

The following 14 applications are being currently processed by Development Services:

Medical Marijuana-Related Use Development Applications

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