Cannabis compassion club served with eviction notice from their downtown location

Club says it didn’t receive enough notice and will defy order to leave Johnson Street location until new facility is ready.

Pedro Arrais – Times Colonis – Dec 27, 2022

The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club, a medical cannabis provider that doesn’t comply with legislation, says it is planning to defy an eviction notice from its landlord that requires them to be out of their downtown location by Jan. 2, 2023.

Lawyers for Bluebird Core Associates Inc., a Calgary storage company that purchased 826 Johnson St. about two months ago, served the eviction notice on Dec. 14. The street-front location has been home to the club since 2001.

“We just can’t move out that quickly,” said Ted Smith, founder of the club. “We had been planning to move anyway as the landlord had indicated they were planning to do renovations to the space, but our new space needs renovations — including a wheelchair ramp, before we can move in.”

While there is a federal program where a person can access cannabis for medicinal purposes, it is all done online. “We have clients who do not have a credit card nor access to a computer. Our patients need a storefront location to access their medication.” He calls the federal medical cannabis program unconstitutional, inadequate, expensive and inaccessible to many patients.

“We have been good tenants and good neighbours. While we are shocked that the new landlord would take such an abrupt, harsh approach to an organization with a long history of caring for the sick and dying, it is hoped that an agreement can be reached to allow the club to smoothly move into its next home.”

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