Pubdate: Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Source: North Shore News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2017 North Shore News
Author: Jane Seyd


The District of North Vancouver is going to fight another pot shop in
the courts.

The municipality filed court documents Nov. 15 in B.C. Supreme Court,
asking for an order that the owners of Medicinal Mary Jane Iprio Inc.
operating at 1488 Pemberton Ave. stop selling marijuana and marijuana
products, in contravention of local bylaws.

The court documents also ask for an order authorizing police to arrest
anyone who contravenes a judge's order in the case.

Six people - residents of Vancouver, New Westminster and Richmond who
are directors of the company, are named in the lawsuit, along with
Orient Holdings Ltd, which owns the property where the marijuana
retail shop operates. Legal documents also name the Medicinal
Mary-Jane Canada Society and three people who are directors of the
society, including Aaron Sinnathamby of Burnaby who is also a director
of Medicinal Mary Jane Iprio Inc.

Sinnathamby's online profile lists him as the co-founder and chief
operating officer of MMJ Canada, which also operates four other pot
shops in the City of Vancouver, as well as two in Toronto, three in
Hamilton and one in Nelson.

Sinnathamby also appears on a list of guests who attended a federal
Liberal fundraising dinner at the Sheraton Wall Centre with Justin
Trudeau on May 18 of this year.

According to court documents filed by the district, bylaw officers
Armaan Chanana and Erin Bishop visited the pot shop, identified on
signs as a "boutique dispensary" several times this fall, beginning in

Glass display cases inside the store contained dried marijuana leaf
and bud, cannabis capsules, edibles including marijuana-infused olive
oil and brownies packaged as being "Baked with Mary Jane," as well as
"Dope Soap" and THC-laced dog treats, according to affidavits.

On Sept. 14, bylaw officers spoke to three employees, who refused to
identify themselves, but gave municipal staffers the email address for
a Sean Baird at "head office." Baird sent a reply Sept. 15 saying
corporate bosses were consulting lawyers.

Bylaw officers also spoke with Orient Holdings' Henry Lum, who said
the storefront was leased to a computer repair company, which had
sublet to the marijuana store, according to court documents. Bylaw
officers told Lum he was responsible for activities on his property,
according to the affidavits.

A man who identified himself as "Tanny," the manager working at the
store this week, told the North Shore News he wasn't sure what the pot
shop's bosses were planning to do about the district lawsuit. He said
the store only sells to members, who have to have a doctor's note.

Representatives from MMJ replied to an email from the North Shore
News, but did not respond to questions by deadline.

It isn't the first time the district has gone after a pot shop in the

After a six-month legal process, the district forced the closure in
May of Green Tea Dispensary Society, which had opened at 1370 Marine

Currently, marijuana dispensaries are illegal throughout North
Vancouver. Despite that, five shops operate in the City of North
Vancouver, where council has opted not to pursue them in the courts.

The federal government has set July 2018 as the date for legalizing
recreational marijuana. But many of the details around that -
including how and where cannabis can be sold, rules around public
consumption of pot, and road safety laws - will be up to the province
to regulate and have yet to be worked out.

Both the federal and provincial governments are currently conducting
consultations on those issues.
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