Abbotsford, B.C. looks to target illegal dispensaries by raising ‘cost of doing business’

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City also accepting applications to operate one of four approved legal dispensaries.

The long arm of the law is reaching out for Abbotsford, B.C.’s illegal dispensaries.

The city has just opened a two-month window for applicants to apply to run one of four planned dispensaries, according to The Abbotsford News, while introducing a new bill that allows for illicit stores to be levied huge fines. If adopted, the bylaw sets a minimum fee of $5,000 for illegally producing, cultivating, selling or storing the drug.

According to Raj Sharma, Abbotsford’s chief financial officer and general manager of finance and corporate services, fines had not been increasing at the pace of inflation and were insufficient to deter people and businesses from running afoul of the law. “These fines are treated as the cost…

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