One of the oldest medical cannabis dispensaries in Canada facing a new threat

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The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club could potentially be marketed in late March.

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Sam Riches

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February 22, 2021 • • 19 minutes ago • • Read for 2 minutes FILE: Shawn Saunders, Baker and Customer Service Representative, sells products to a customer at the Cannabis Buyers Club in Victoria, BC, Thursday June 11, 2015. / Photo by Canadian Press / Chad Hipolito

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The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club (VCBC), a 25-year-old non-profit serving more than 8,000 medical cannabis patients, is facing a new threat.

The club has been the subject of multiple raids in recent years, but British Columbia authorities are now targeting the building’s landlord to permanently shut the facility’s doors.

According to a press release, the club is facing a possible eviction at the end of March.

Despite the support of the mayor and the local city council to keep the company operating, an exemption can only be granted by the British Columbia Cabinet.

“We want to convince the government that it is in their best interests to give us a temporary leave so we can continue our work and work with the government to fully comply with the law,” club founder Ted Smith told CTV News last January.

In its press release, the club outlined a four-step strategy to keep its doors open, including pressure on the British Columbia cabinet to grant the club a temporary exemption.

Other actions include filing an injunction suspending threats against the landlord, daily protests, and submitting an exception petition to Health Canada by the end of February.

The club offers a range of products to its members, including flowers, foods, and themes. Although it is currently closed due to the pandemic, there is also a safe consumption lounge on site.

The club’s compassionate pricing allows patients to access medicinal cannabis products that are more effective and cheaper.

For example, a 75 milligram edible from VCBC costs $ 2.50. Food from licensed retailers is capped at 10 milligrams and often costs more than $ 10.

Several studies have shown that increasing access to medical cannabis is linked to a decrease in the activity of prescription drugs.

A study published in Applied Health Economics and Health Policy found that legalization of cannabis in Canada has resulted in a “significant decrease” in the volume of opioid prescriptions.

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