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Medical Marijuana Laws in Vancouver

Medical Marijuana Laws in Vancouver

Medical marijuana simply means the use of cannabis, either the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or some of its essential extracts to treat disease or improve symptoms. The marijuana plant is not approved as a medicine, but there is limited evidence showing that it can help in treating a range of illnesses. It can treat chronic pain and muscles spasms as well as increase appetite for patients with HIV/AIDS and reduce vomiting and nausea during chemotherapy. So far, scientists have not conducted enough research to determine whether these benefits of marijuana outweigh its side effects and risks in patients.

Medical marijuana retailers and dispensaries are illegal in most parts of the world, but there are major cities now starting to regulate these retailers with licensing agreements. Since 2014, the City of Vancouver has allowed the retailers, producers, and processors to operate after obtaining licenses from the Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB). There are several retailers in the city, each required to pay a $30,000 license fee.

State licensing requirements

• The marijuana facilities should be located at least 1000 feet from the nearest school, playground, library or park.
• The prospective owners have to undergo a criminal and background check to ensure their intentions are legitimate.
• Full cooperation with security, operational, advertising, labeling, transportation and any other requirement.
• Adults can purchase up to an ounce of cannabis from the retailers, but can only consume it on a private non-commercial property away from the public glare.
• The sale of edibles, like pot brownies or cookies, is prohibited.

Standard requirements

• Before construction, the owner should have an updated license, a building permit, site plan or any other approvals.
• The facility should be indoors only.
• The retail facility should be located in the Community and General Commercial zones only, and a minimum of 300 feet from the each other.
• Marijuana products and any valuables or cash to be stored in a secured safe.
• Adherence to a closing time, which is at 11 pm.
• Compliance with state standards, especially being at least 1000 feet from children’s facilities and recreational sites.
• Production and processing facilities should be located in the Light and Heavy Industrial zones only.

Under the provincial laws, individual medically authorized users or growers are not prohibited from possessing or growing small amounts of marijuana. In fact, the sick can grow their marijuana as long as they do not consume it in public or in front of a minor.
There are significant strides towards the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. The number of licensed recreational marijuana retailers keeps increasing, and some new incentives and laws are softer on the retailers. Thus, more patients can access the medical marijuana and get treated.

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Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Advice/Tips, Living | 0 comments

How to Avoid Bad Moving Companies In Vancouver

How to Avoid Bad Moving Companies In Vancouver

People move for a variety of reasons, but in the final analysis, all these reasons can be reduced to two: they either want to move or have to move.

How the process is approached depends on how much advance notice those moving have received. Those who are compelled to move for some reason, such as relocation for a job or because a lease is expiring and the landlord does not wish to renew it, sometimes have to get organized quickly and make a substantial series of rapid decisions based on the best information available to them at the time these decisions are necessary.

People in this scenario can be vulnerable to unscrupulous movers. An easy tip off that you may be dealing with one of these is if you perceive any pressure from the movers to commit immediately. If you start hearing phrases such as, “We’re very busy on that date, you need to let us know right away or you may not be able to find a mover,” or anything that feels like pressure of any sort, eliminate that mover from consideration.

Moving companies know, and have known for a long time, that most moves take place at the beginning or the end of the month and around long weekends. More people move during the summer months than during any other time of the year, for both climatic and educational reasons. Just as retail stores and companies like FedX and UPS know they will be busier around Christmas, moving companies are familiar with the peaks and valleys of the demand for their services. They simply hire more manpower at these times, frequently from temporary employment agencies. They can also rent additional moving trucks with little effort.

A reputable mover in Vancouver will start out by asking you for some basic information: when you need to move, what is being moved, and when the new location will be available. They will also offer to do an on-site estimate of the origin and destination of the move. Telephone and online estimates can be useful, but nothing beats the feet on the ground approach when it comes to making sure that such details as overhead clearance for moving trucks or weight restrictions on roads that could lead to a costly mistake.

They will also take the time to advise you regarding the desired level of service. Some moves involve the moving party simply leaving one place and showing up at the next; others have the moving party involved in planning and packing and others use the moving company’s services for only heavy and bulky items.

Avoid movers who do not allow you the flexibility to determine the parameters for your own move.

The moving process becomes much less stressful when more advance notice of an impending move is available. For example, if you are selling one house close to the end of the month and taking possession of a new one toward the beginning of that same month, you have the luxury of time to compare moving company estimates and make some decisions regarding items that have long outlived their usefulness and can be discarded. You also can negotiate for a rate reduction, since the movers will not be in as high a demand as they would otherwise be during the peak times mentioned earlier.

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