Pot Shop Officially Closes

After a lengthy battle with City Hall, The Herbal Greens Medicinal marijuana Dispensary in Penticton has officially shut down. 

The shop had been granted a business license last summer, but when it was discovered marjiuana was being sold there, it was cancelled by the City.

The shop remained in operation, and continued to sell marijuana. 
 
Owner Jukka Laurio sought to have the license re-instated Tuesday at Council's regular meeting, but it was denied.

As for what's next, Laurio says he's been given roughly 30-thousand dollars in fines for staying in operation, and has disputed all of them.However, at the council meeting on Tuesday,  City Staff were given the go-ahead by to begin legal proceedings against Laurio. 

"I've disputed all the fines all the way, but I believe they've already submitted them to court, so now we're going to have to go to court and argue about it," says Laurio. "I did offer to negotiate, but that's not available because it's going to go in front of a judge." 

The shop closed as of 6 pm on Wednesday.