Insisting that unlicensed dispensary owners simply ‘get licenses,’ Stewart was left unchallenged by the CBC about the obvious questions.
1) Why are Vancouver’s dispensary licenses so restrictive? Liquor licenses are less than $200, but pot shop applicants are expected to pay over $30,000.00, along with a host of other considerations designed under prohibition, like restrictions on ATMs and spacing. Cannabis is both legal, and safe, and yet being zoned like a dangerous substance.
2) If there’s no safer alternative to alcohol and street drugs than cannabis, why close 26 dispensaries during the worst overdose epidemic in the country’s history? Studies consistently show cannabis saves lives. Cannabis substitution projects save lives. Dispensaries lower overdoses. Dispensaries lower crime.
4) If legal stores can’t or don’t provide medicine people rely on, why should medical patients suffer needlessly?
Original broadcast date: December 16th, 2018.