A man has been seriously injured in what Vancouver police say was a targeted shooting. Const. Jason Doucette says it happened on the edge of the city’s Downtown Eastside just before 11 p.m. Wednesday.
He says police responded to numerous reports of shots fired.
Officers found the 46-year-old victim suffering from a gunshot wound.
Detectives believe the attack was targeted but have not released a possible motive.
No arrests have been made. RCMP say one person has been found dead following a shooting east of Vancouver. It happened at around 9 p.m., in a shopping centre parking lot in Mission.
RCMP regional duty officer, Insp. Vishal Mathura says the victim was inside a vehicle that had been hit by several bullets.
He could not confirm the sex of the victim or say if any suspects had been identified.
Members of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team and the BC Coroners Service joined RCMP at the scene overnight. Jessika Villano, owner of Buddha Barn Craft Cannabis Cannabis connoisseurs in Vancouver have been able to buy potent weed over the counter for years — but ironically, that could change when marijuana becomes legal.
None of the long-standing pot shops in the city have received provincial licences to operate, with only two weeks left until legalization.
Jessika Villano, owner of Buddha Barn Craft Cannabis, said she applied for a licence one week after the application portal opened in August and doesn’t expect approval before Oct. 17.
"Of course, everybody’s nervous," she said, adding she’s hopeful she’ll receive a licence eventually. "We’re doing everything that we can to comply with all three levels of government. We’re still nervous. We still haven’t received that golden ticket."
Vancouver became a haven for illegal pot shops after the city — in an effort to ensure access for medical marijuana patients — decided not to police the stores unless there were public safety concerns, such as gang affiliations or sales to minors.
By 2015, more than 100 dispensaries had sprung up, prompting council to pass a bylaw requiring shops to obtain a development permit, a $30,000 business licence and obey location rules. So called compassion clubs — non-profits that provide medical pot to patients in need — paid only $1,000 for a licence.
The business licence scheme didn’t change the fact that selling cannabis across the counter was illegal in Canada. It did, however, allow the city to keep track of stores and issue tickets to those that flouted its rules, with limited success.
Today, there are 19 pot shops operating with a municipal business licence in Vancouver, including four compassion clubs, while 53 locations hold a development permit. Dozens of others have flouted the bylaw, prompting the city to launch a court case in which a decision has not yet been issued.
Regardless, the entire system changes on Oct. 17 and — if the law is enforced — Vancouver could go from being Canada’s most pot-friendly city to one of its least.In July, the city updated its bylaw to align with legalization. Any dispensary with a previously issued business or compassion club licence must apply for a provincial retail licence and a new municipal business licence.As part of the process to obtain a provincial licence, B.C. forwards the application to the city for recommendation of approval. Once the provincial licence is granted, the city contacts the operator to apply for a new municipal business licence."To date, the city has received four applications from the province," said chief licence inspector Kathryn Holm. "To date, no operator in Vancouver has been issued a provincial or municipal cannabis business licence to operate legally as of Oct. 17."B.C. has said the only government-run cannabis store ready […]
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