CANNABIS CULTURE – The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club (VCBC) has secured a new three-year lease in the space they’ve occupied since 1996. However, Health Canada continues to strong arm the patient focused resource center. VCBC’s landlord has been threatened with imprisonment for renewing the lease.
Last week the VCBC received a letter from the Community Safety Unit of the Victoria Police (CSU) accusing them of non-compliance with Federal Government’s rules. In the letter, the CSU states the VCBC is an illegal recreational dispensary.
The CSU’s letter also threatened to proceed with fines, eviction and potential asset seizures.
VCBC’s legal team at JFK Law Corporation wrote to the landlord and the BC Solicitor General arguing they are a medicinal cannabis dispensary, and not an unlicensed recreational facility.
“This convinced the landlord’s lawyer that we had reasonable grounds to continue operating despite threats of fines or jail from the BC Solicitor General” wrote VCBC on their website. The Buyer’s Club has been operating at the Johnson Street location for over 20 years.
Their legal team at JFK Corporation also sent off an application for an exemption from Health Canada on the week of April 1st.
“In seeing the attitude of the Provincial Government,