VANCOUVER – Cannabis Culture, a popular chain of cannabis-related businesses that has been operating in Vancouver for 25 years, announced today it will be closing all three of its cannabis dispensaries in the city on January 31, 2019.
“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.
Cannabis Culture locations at 1674 Davie Street, 3421 E. Hastings Street, and 3175 W. Broadway will all be forced to close after the loss of a Supreme Court of British Columbia case involving 53 cannabis dispensaries in the city that were seeking to remain open.
The City of Vancouver has threatened to find Cannabis Culture and other shops in contempt of court for remaining open past January 31. The City has warned that staying open would mean the arrest of staff, hefty fines, jail time, and forced closure of buildings where the dispensaries operate.
Vancouver’s chief licensing inspector, Kathryn Holm, promised to use “fines, legal orders to close injunctions, referrals to a prosecutor’s office and … access to the provincial court system to