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Langley business owner wants de-facto ban on pot shops lifted

Last Updated Jul 3, 2019 at 10:50 pm PST

FILE: A vendor displays marijuana for sale during the 4-20 annual marijuana celebration, in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday April 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

A Langley business owner is hoping the City and Township of Langley will change their mind on retail cannabis shops

Delaney Mack says both areas have essentially banned the shops, forcing people to turn to the black market for weed

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) — A local business owner says not allowing retail cannabis shops in Langley is inadvertently supporting the black market.

Delaney Mack, who co-owns cannabis accessories company Hempyz Gifts and Novelties in Langley, is upset with a ban on retail cannabis shops in the Township and City of Langley.

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She points out that a good number of Canadians smoke weed, and they need to be able to buy it from a legal source.

“I believe they’re still continuing to buy it from their drug dealer down the street, because it’s convenient. There has been zero legal access for cannabis that’s been made convenient or readily-available for consenting adults,” she says.

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Statistics Canada estimates 15 per cent of Canadians use cannabis.

Mack says she applied to open a Cannabis retail shop in October. But she says there has been no movement.

“We’re getting both from the township and the City of Langley. The dialogue varies a little bit, depending on the local municipality you’re dealing with, but, in general, they are both putting up resistance, significantly so,” she says.

Mack has started an online petition asking for change. She also plans to meet with other levels of government.