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Cole Harbour medical marijuana dispensary told to butt out

Tasty Budd’s Compassion Club on Cole Harbour Road was told by the municipality to get an occupancy license. It applied for that license, and was denied.

Mal McMeekin, owner of Tasty Budd's, measures out some marijuana in Cole Harbour last month.

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Mal McMeekin, owner of Tasty Budd's, measures out some marijuana in Cole Harbour last month.

The municipality has told a medical marijuana dispensary in Cole Harbour to butt out.

Tasty Budd’s Compassion Club on Cole Harbour Road opened at the beginning of February. On Feb. 17, it received a notice to comply from Halifax Regional Municipality and was told to get an occupancy licence.

Tasty Budd’s CEO Norman Lawrence then applied for that licence, but it was denied.

“It was denied in late February because the product that they plan to sell is illegal under federal regulations,” municipal spokesperson Tiffany Chase said Tuesday.

As part of correspondence posted on the Utility and Review Board website, a letter from HRM development officer Andrew Faulker to Lawrence says the bid for a licence is “premature and has to be refused as the product you are proposing to sell has not been legalized.”

Tasty Budd’s is appealing the decision, writing in the appeal filed with the UARB recently that “there is no need for an occupancy permit as the building has undergone no renovations.”

“Business owners are required to have the proper permits in place to legally operate their businesses, and they don’t currently have the proper permit,” Chase said.

She said the municipality will await a decision from the UARB before taking further action.

A document dated Feb. 29 on the UARB website says a conference call will be held on Mar. 9 to set a date for the appeal hearing.