PHOTOS: Small crowd gathers at legislature in support of Victoria Cannabis Club

A small crowd shows solidarity for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club after a July 15 raid. (Kendra Crighton/Black Press)
A small crowd shows solidarity for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club after a July 15 raid. (Kendra Crighton/Black Press)
Simon Kitka shows his support for the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club at a rally on Thursday at the Legislature. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
A small rally held on Thursday expressed anger and frustration with the province’s community safety unit after a raid at the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club on July 15. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Ted Smith, founder of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, addresses a small crowd at the Legislature. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Ted Smith, founder of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, addresses a small crowd at the Legislature. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
A small rally held on Thursday expressed anger and frustration with the province’s community safety unit after a raid at the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club on July 15. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
A small rally held on Thursday expressed anger and frustration with the province’s community safety unit after a raid at the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club on July 15. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

A small crowd gathered at the legislature on Thursday afternoon to voice frustration with a recent raid on the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club (VCBC).

On July 15 around 10:30 a.m., Victoria Police Department escorted members of the community safety unit into the club on Johnson Street where product was seized.

RELATED: Product seized from a Victoria cannabis compassion club for a second time

Ted Smith, founder of the club, says he has been engaged with all levels of government trying to get an exemption from various medical cannabis regulations after a first raid last November 2019.

Victoria council expressed its support for the VCBC after the first raid. In January, council unanimously approved a motion requesting Mayor Lisa Helps write a letter to the province asking for an exemption for the VCBC to “continue to provide responsible access and a safe, welcoming community space for medical cannabis users.”

The VCBC has been operating since 1996 and requires members to provide proof of a medical condition before they’re able to purchase products. Nikki Jackson, who works as the club’s social media officer, credits the VCBC for saving her life after she was misdiagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

RELATED: Police raid 23-year-old cannabis compassion club in Victoria

Following Wednesday’s raid, supporters gathered at Carol James’, Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier, office to express their anger. The club plans to reopen following Thursday’s rally at the legislature at around 4:20 p.m.

Under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act, the CSU has “authority for compliance and enforcement with respect to sales by unlicensed retailers,” reads a statement from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

According to the ministry, CSU officers are actively following up with unlicensed retailers in communities across the province and have been increasing enforcement action.


 

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca. Follow us on Instagram.  
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

cannabisRaid

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Area residents concerned about aftermath of McKenzie interchange construction

Ministry says neighbours’ concerns being heard, will be addressed

West Shore’s 10 worst intersections for crashes in 2019

Millstream Road, Veterans Memorial Parkway area continues to be a hotspot

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Saanich council seeks more information after hearing Uptown-Douglas plan

Council asks for further reports on economic, housing, transportation plans for corridor

Three active COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island

Since July 24, Central island has had five new cases, North one, South none

Man arrested after stabbing incident at makeshift camp near Vancouver Island mall

RCMP in Parksville report 28-year-old man taken into custody without incident

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Lawsuit launched after Florida child handcuffed, booked and briefly jailed

Suit alleges “deliberate indifference” to what should have been handled as a behavioural issue

Russia approves vaccine, Putin hopes to begin mass production

Critic calls decision to proceed without thorough testing ‘dangerous and grossly immoral’

Most Read