Cannabis Culture, a Canadian cannabis lifestyle magazine and franchise, was forced to issue 50 layoff notices on Jan. 8 and close three unlicensed dispensaries in Vancouver, Canada by Jan. 31 after being threatened by city officials.
Mark and Jodie Emery, often called the “Prince and Princess of Pot,” are co-owners of Cannabis Culture. Both have made statements in civil disobedience to create awareness for cannabis reform which led to arrests on multiple occasions.
— Jodie Emery (@JodieEmery) January 9, 2019
The locations that must close are located at 175 West Broadway, 920 Davie Street and 3421 East Hastings Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Some of the locations have been in operation for some 25 years. The company’s main location located at 307 Hastings St. will remain open as it functions as a pipe store and vapor lounge only.
“It’s been a terrible day,” Jodie Emery told Vancouver Sun. “Unfortunately, we have to close three of our Cannabis Culture locations in the city. There were lots of tears and it’s been very difficult.” According to Emery, her attorneys are currently in conversation with lawyers from the City of Vancouver.
There are 28 remaining illegal dispensaries in Vancouver. Those dispensaries were largely tolerated until Oct. 17, 2018 when recreational cannabis sales became legal across Canada.
According to a prepared city statement, “Should there be non-compliance with the court order, it is open to the city to commence contempt of court proceedings to obtain compliance with the court’s order. The city will continue to work with the non-compliant operators to ensure timely compliance with the court order.”
Legal dispensaries are supplied cannabis through the British Columbia government through its Liquor Distribution Branch. Cannabis is now legal for all adults in Canada, but strict regulations apply and are being enforced with greater diligence than ever before.