The Lantzville man who has positioned a fire truck along the Island highway to act as a giant cannabis dispensary advertisement is being sued by the district of Lantzville.
On his two-acre property at 7890 Clark Drive West, Stanley Pottie has set up a cannabis dispensary in a yellow modular home and rolled his fire truck to the edge of the property so that drivers heading south into Nanaimo can see the banners touting “Country Buds Dispensary”.
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That dispensary, a smaller trailer and two “deck structures” were erected without a building permit, the District of Lantzville says in a notice of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court. The fire truck is breaking traffic bylaws by being on the highway right of way, the lawsuit says.
Pottie has allowed about a dozen Lantzville residents to park their mobile homes on his property for about $500 a month each. The district says he is breaking zoning bylaws by operating an unsanctioned recreational vehicle park.
Pottie said he’s not surprised by the lawsuit “because it’s been an ongoing war for a year now.” He intends to fight the lawsuit, which he said is “malicious.”
The property owner said he’s been visited by a Lantzville bylaw officer about 12 times in the past year. During three of those visits, the bylaw officer was accompanied by heavily armed RCMP officers, Pottie said.
Pottie, who is in the construction business, said he purchased the property three years ago. Shortly after, he was approached by a friend who needed a place to set down his mobile home. Then another woman living on disability approached him, saying she had nowhere else to go.
“It just sort of grew from there,” he said.