Medical marijuana meeting delayed in Vernon

By KISS News Staff
December 15, 2015 - 6:22pm Updated: December 16, 2015 - 1:38am

VERNON — Medical marijuana stores will remain in a state of flux for a few more days.

The operators of the city's five dispensaries had planned to meet Monday to review their current operating plan, but that's been pushed back to Thursday due to scheduling conflicts.

Jeff Gaudette, co-owner of MMJ Total Health Care, says as a result of police warnings last month, only one or two of the stores on a daily basis, is providing product to the estimated 10,000 medical cannabis clients in the area.

"Closures is kind of the wrong word because everyone expects our doors to be closed, but we're open and we direct the patients to the stores that are open for the day," says Gaudette.

Gaudette says the operators will be meeting with some people who have helped regulate Vancouver's dispensaries to find out what their options are.

"They're going to come up and put together a package for us that will help us mitigate through all the steps of going through politicians," Gaudette tells Kiss FM.

In warnings given last month, RCMP have said the stores could be shut down, and charges laid, because the facilities are operating contrary to federal laws.

Gaudette says the rotating action is having an impact on staffing.

"We've trimmed down hours and we don't have three staff on, just one and half to two people, and on the days when there's no product being sold, we just have one staff on."

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