After 25 years in business, Cannabis Culture will be shutting down three of its locations on January 31st.
“It is with great sadness that we must announce the forced closure of three of our Cannabis Culture dispensary locations and the laying-off of over 50 employees, due to heavy-handed tactics by the City of Vancouver,” said Cannabis Culture CEO Jeremiah Vandermeer in a statement online.
According to the press release, the City of Vancouver plans to arrest and fine any unapproved dispensary that remains open after January 31st.
Cannabis Culture has requested the city to grant emergency licenses “so they can continue to serve thousands of medical patients and other customers who require products that are not currently available at recreational stores, like extracts and edibles.”
“When the City of Vancouver says, ‘We’re going to fine you, arrest you and seek jail time’ that’s serious prohibition talk. That’s serious criminal punishment so a lot of dispensaries are not willing to take that risk,” says activist Jodie Emery.
The company’s flagship store will remain open but only as a bong shop and vapour lounge.
Currently, only three private recreational cannabis stores have been approved by the City of Vancouver.