Summerland Mayor Talks Marijuana Voting
On Thursday municipal politicians voted in favour of changing the way people receiving medical marijuana are regulated at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) in Victoria.
Summerland Mayor Janice Perrino was in attendance for the vote.
"There's a much higher number of people using medical marijuana that are making huge amounts of quantities and then selling it illegally. We passed this endorsement that they would be regulated from now on. So the police will know, we'll know that they are medical marijuana places and extra electricity and water and so forth will be regulated."
Perrino says the majority of people voted in favour of the proposal with only a handful of those opposed.
Mayors and Councillors from around the province voted in favour of decriminalizing and regulating marijuana at the UBCM this week as well.
But some politicians like Perrino are not happy with the voting process.
"A lot of people were really angry that they either didn't get to vote or that the votes weren't recorded. So we weren't ensured that (it was fair), it just looked like a close vote and so they were really angry. They tried to call that back but they weren't allowed to call it back."
Perrino says the vote is not actually counted it is done through a visual majority, if it looks like more people vote yea than nay the proposal passes.
Perrino adds that she didn't get a chance to vote as she arrived late and the voting process happened too quickly for her to get her paddle out.
Anita Sthankiya -Penticton