PoCo City successful in banning pot sales
Looks like the fines, raids and bylaw changes achieved the City of Port Coquitlam’s goal. The store that housed Cannabis Culture is now empty looking for new tenants.
By Aaron Guillen, Staff Reporter Port Coquitlam residents may soon lose have the luxury of easy accessibility to marijuana, should specific bylaw changes take place within the next few months. A report from Port Coquitlam city staff has given the recommendation to city council to: “Prohibit the sale and distribution of marijuana products and related paraphernalia.”
Port Coquitlam wants to ban the sale of recreational weed in the city before the federal government legalizes it later this year. In a report to two city committees that will meet on Thursday, city staff recommend that council “prohibit the sale and distribution of marijuana products and related paraphernalia” before the federal legislation takes effect.
A Port Coquitlam retail pot shop remains open despite ongoing fines from the city and two police raids. Cannabis Culture – a high-profile storefront at Lougheed Highway and Shaughnessy Street, operating as part of Marc Emery’s brand – continues to sell recreational weed to the public.
With federal legislation set to be introduced this spring to legalize marijuana across Canada, city staff and police in the Tri-Cities may have to rejig their policies. With federal legislation set to be introduced this spring to legalize marijuana across Canada, city staff and police in the Tri-Cities may have to rejig their policies.
A Port Coquitlam pot shop is back open after it was raided by police Thursday. Today (Friday), Coquitlam RCMP Const. Jamie Phillipson told The Tri-City News that officers executed a search warrant on Cannabis Culture – a store selling marijuana for recreational uses, in the strip mall next to Lions Park – at around 3 p.m.
Port Coquitlam property owners are being told to keep a close eye on their tenants’ activities – or face fines from the city. On Monday, council is expected to give three readings to change the zoning bylaw that would give the city power to crackdown on landlords who are renting out their premises for illegal uses.
But perhaps the pot shop operating in a Port Coquitlam strip mall should have waited until the law is on their side We appreciate the need to be first in the market but perhaps Cannabis Culture, the new pot shop that opened two months ago in Port Coquitlam, should wait for the law to come around before selling its wares.
A pot shop franchise with ties to Canada’s most famous marijuana activist is open on the edge of downtown Port Coquitlam. And the spokesperson for Cannabis Culture said the company plans to push further into the suburbs given its success in PoCo.