The Herbery in east Vancouver still open pending appeal

Though it faces a monthlong shutdown, marijuana retailer The Herbery stays open for enterprise and longing for an appeal.

“We’re still open, we’re still running. We still feel good about the opportunity to stay open and avoid a suspension,” stated proprietor Jim Mullen.

The retailer, one among a trio beneath The Herbery model, bought a joint in January to a 19-year-old investigative aide from the state Liquor and Cannabis Board. It was the second strike for that location, 212 N.E. 164th Ave., forcing a 30-day closure and a $1,000 fantastic.

The closure was supposed to start out Feb. 27, however Mullen is interesting the penalty. The retailer has made modifications, he stated, comparable to not accepting state-issued vertical IDs that may be acquired by minors; and introducing a scanner to assist verify the ID’s validity.

Mullen stated a precedent exists for shops avoiding closure after an appeal, however he does anticipate to pay a effective. Mullen stated he feels “pretty good” about staying open.

“This is the process we have to go through. I think it was intentionally set up this way, and you can love it or hate it, but it is what it is,” he stated.

The appeals course of now goes by way of the state Office of Administrative Hearings. A choice might take months, and The Herbery shall be open in the meantime.

Retail shops are topic to “compliance checks” from the state Liquor and Cannabis Board about 3 times per yr. Marijuana shops cross about 92 % of the time, the company stated. A 3rd violation outcomes in a license revocation.

There have been 4 violations in Clark County since 2015.


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