The Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club discovered this week the cost the province’s Community Safety Unit sees fitting for it to pay for the crime of providing cancer survivors and terminally ill British Columbians with medicines they cannot find elsewhere. Following raids led by the CSU in 2019 and 2020, the Buyers Club now faces fines approaching $6.5 million. It’s a price too far they say.
Ted Smith is a long-time justice activist and co-founder of the Victoria Cannabis Buyer’s Club, which for more than twenty-five years has provided cannabis-based products to people with terminal and incurable medical conditions. He says, though they were waiting for the CSU shoe to drop, the Club was still unprepared for the ridiculous amount announced. Nor were they ready for what followed: GoFundMe® disallowing their legal defense fund, and now webhost, Go-Daddy going and removing the club’s website.
Ted Smith and the perils of practicing compassionate care for the sick and dying in Canada’s new “legal marijuana” environment.
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