The Vancouver Island Compassion Society (VICS) closed its doors for the final time just after 20 years of delivering cannabis to the sick and ailing.
The organization closed its doors with no specific fanfare, noting the threat of severe fines or seizure of house developed to force organizations like theirs to shut down.
Serving additional than three,000 members, the VICS forced even police and politicians to acknowledge it was above all performing great for sick persons.
In a 2008 interview, activist and former BC Marijuana Celebration candidate Richard Payne stated, “We’re not a couple of drug dealers operating about and dealing drugs. The persons we’re acquiring are not gangster drug dealers. We’re going to show [the community] that we can be accountable.”
The challenges ahead of the VICS would have been unimaginable 11 years ago.
The compassion society would adore to reopen beneath legal terms, but Wellness Canada’s strict regulations about how it could show its goods, and how its representatives could speak about them, make it tough to visualize the VICS as component of the legal cannabis stream.
“They’re glorified jewelry retailers, quite glitzy, quite hip. It is a retail market—it’s not a neighborhood wellness service,” stated employee Robin Krause.