CANNABIS CULTURE – After 25 years of community service, the Cannabis Buyers Club of Victoria (CBVC) is now facing an eviction notice from the BC Attorney General.

The county’s Department of Public Safety has ordered the Buyers Club (and the 8,000 patients it serves) to close its center at 826 Johnson Street by the 31st. March to release.

The 31st. August 2020 Mike Farnworth, BC Solicitor General, has sent Victoria City Council a letter expressing his support for the publication of the VCSBS.

Today the situation has changed and the club has been forced to close its doors.

VCBS owner Ted Smith said he is taking legal action against the measure to ensure it can continue to operate – including a court order to protect his rights under a federal expulsion order.

In addition to legal actions, the club organizes daily events that allow COWIDs to safely inform and mobilize people. If eviction occurs and the VCBC is forced to close, patients will no longer have access to their medicines without suffering a huge drop in price.

A few blocks away, Legal Dispensary sells a cookie with 10 mg of THC for $13.50. Two 75 mg cookies are sold for $2.50. By comparison, it would have cost $100 a day to get the same dose as us, Ted said.

VCBC publications and editorials are more affordable and easily accessible. They offer 100 mg suppositories that are not yet on the legal market. Reputable companies have no products and are not trying to make a profit, and they have the advantage of being required by law not to release information.

The Buyers Club also offers pickup and delivery services, increasing use when the Johnson office is closed.

The legal market has many barriers to the provision of services. They are unable to deliver, have high costs and low product potential. It affects low-income people, the elderly and others who can’t leave their homes, Ted Smith said.

The VCBC has requested letters of support from its members to demonstrate the need and tremendous support for this facility.

We prepare for the worst and fight for the best, Ted says.

In the past, the VCSBC had the protection of section 56(1) of the Cannabis Act, which provided that no information could be introduced under the Criminal Code in relation to the offence for which any part of the summons had been served.

We contacted The Original FARM, a legal clinic located two blocks from the VCBC at 1402 Douglas Street, but they would not release any information about it.

The eviction deadline for the Johnson Street club is the 31st. March. Until then, the Buyers Club will continue with its daily protests and legal actions to try to prevent this situation.

Photo: A post from the VCBC Instagram.

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