A Langley business proprietor is asking the Metropolis and Township of Langley to change their bylaws banning retail hashish stores, after accusing both of inadvertently supporting the black market.
Randy Caine co-owns Hempyz alongside the one-way on Fraser Freeway and the location on Willowbrook Drive. Caine has been selling pot equipment for over a decade.
He wants to expand his enterprise to a retail pot store since legalization in October 2018; however, has been caught behind red tape. He argues native councilors are violating their authority.
“Municipally, they’ve land-use rights. That is where it ends. They make bylaws; they do not create legal guidelines,” he said.
Nonetheless, a proposed pot store can’t get a license until the Liquor and Hashish Regulation Department gets optimistic advice from local authorities.
However, that is a process that provides municipal councils the ability to stop an application in its routes.
The Metropolis of Langley’s chief executive officer says the problem is on council’s radar.
“We’re not dismissing discussing this concern. We’re going to wait and see strategy until the laws is solidified,” mentioned Francis Cheung.
Langley is not the only the municipality that has maintained the ban of the pot.
The Liquor and Hashish Regulation Department has received 149 applications retailers in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast.
Ninety-nine of those had been referred to local authorities; however, only 10 % ended up with a license.
“They’re continuing to force accountable, regulation expecting adults, into the hands of organized crime,” says Caine.
It is the main focus of his online petition, which he offered to the Township of Langley in June, after applying his Willowbrook Drive shop.
His request is on hold whereas councilors resolve whether they’ll modify the existing bylaws.