Vancouver boosts fines for pot shops but defiant retailers still selling

Vancouver boosts fines for pot shops but defiant retailers still selling

A steady surge in illegal pot shops has prompted many cities to turn to law enforcement to try and clamp down.

In Toronto and Ottawa, police tried co-ordinated raids to crack down on illegal pot shops. In Montreal, police recently raided six marijuana storefronts — the day after they opened.

But Vancouver’s latest approach is different from many other cities, with local officials turning to zoning rules, licence fees and hefty fines to try and control the marijuana boom.

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