|In February, Tom Stamatakis, the president of the Vancouver Police Union, said members identified several areas of concern with the city’s controversial move to regulate the dispensaries — including who is involved, the degree of scrutiny being applied to applications, and issues of disclosure.|
The city expects to offer decisions on 14 development permit applications for dispensaries within weeks. One of those applicants is EVO Medi Society, whose director is listed as Rocco Dipopolo, a former Hells Angels prospect.
One of his staff members, Patrick Bluejacket, is listed in organized crime files as having an association with the Independent Soldiers.
|Successful applicants will have to apply for a business licences, which requires submission of a criminal record check from applicants and their staff.|
Stamatakis said union members found the redaction of the names of some applicants in the operational letters posted on the city’s website to be troubling.
The list of dispensaries:
1357 East 41st Avenue — Stressed and Depressed Association
1404 East 57th Avenue — The Green Room Society
2181 West 4th Avenue — The Buddha Barn
4545 West 10th Avenue — Wealthshop Social Society
2894 East Broadway — BC Pain Society
1501 Commercial Drive — EVO Medi Society
1308 Kingsway — MPN Health Society
2768 Kingsway — Medicinal Express
3441 Kingsway — Scooter Health Society
1189 Main Street — The Herb Co.
6416 Main Street — The Healing Centre
1605 Renfrew Street — Urban Earth Med Society