Medical marijuana rally outside of Kelowna City Hall. (Photo Credit: KelownaNow.com)
Cannabis legalization activist Dana Larsen was in Kelowna rallying in support of medical marijuana dispensary regulations in the city.
About three dozen supporters of medical marijuana set up outside of Kelowna City Hall before the start of Monday’s council meeting.
Larsen admitted the rally stems from recent enforcement taken against the Kaya Clinic, a local medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Kelowna.
“The O.K. Clinic was originally called the Kaya Clinic, and they got raided in January and tried to reopen,” said Larsen. “They’re now facing more threats from the city but all they’re trying to do is provide medical cannabis to people who need it.”
He wants to see Kelowna adopt a policy similar to one in Vancouver that would allow dispensaries to continue to operate.
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“We’re hoping that the City of Kelowna will recognize that they do have an option, they don’t just have to use the police. They have the option of following the Vancouver or Victoria model and creating bylaws and regulations.”
While Larsen didn’t get on Monday’s council agenda, he is hoping to make an appearance in the near future. Until that time comes, he encourages people to call the Mayor and council members to show their support.
“Dispensaries are here to stay,” concluded Larsen.