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Things You Need to Know About Cannabis Clubs in Canada
There are various cannabis clubs in Canada. Cannabis clubs is the term used for stores that sell
medical marijuana and other related products.
We created a list on what you need to know about cannabis clubs in Canada:
1. Cannabis clubs in Canada are raided and owners are arrested, despite legalizing
marijuana in Canada.
Recently, Canada’s so-called Prince of Pot Marc Emery, and his wife Jodie, were arrested and
charged with several drug-related offenses at Toronto Pearson International Airport. A day after
their arrest, with the couple still in police custody, law enforcement officers raided their cannabis
clubs in three Canadian cities. This is just one of the remarkable raids the Canadian police has
conducted. It can also be remembered that in May 26, 2016, Toronto police conducted “Project
Claudia”, wherein 43 marijuana dispensaries were raided.
Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to legalizing marijuana, various raids and
arrests are continuing. While campaigning during the 2015 federal election, it can be
remembered that Trudeau said controlling marijuana would “protect our kids and remove
criminal elements from it,” adding that they would “get started on that right away.”
2. Various cannabis clubs still operate, despite arrests
According to Global News, an estimate of 60- 90 cannabis clubs operates in Vancouver alone, as
of February this year. This is a rapidly growing number, from a rough estimate of six
dispensaries last year. According to Jenna Valleriani, a University of Toronto graduate, cannabis
clubs follow an “unspoken set of guidelines”. This means that they have “policies and practices
that are meant to help them survive without legal protection”.
3. Most cannabis clubs pay taxes to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
According to Huffington Post, cannabis clubs that have existed for the past few years have
collectively paid tens of millions of dollars to CRA. Emery even admitted that he alone has
already paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes in just a few months.
One of the dispensaries which pay taxes diligently is Canada’s first-ever dispensary— the B.C.
Compassion Club Society, based in Vancouver. The said cannabis club has been operating for 20
years. This is a non-profit venture, and operates discreetly; these are main reasons why the
dispensary has not been closed down.
4. Fate of cannabis clubs lie on the legalization of marijuana
The federal government recently announced that it will legalize marijuana by April 2018.
Legalizing marijuana would mean the price of marijuana will fall under provincial jurisdiction.
According to Camden Lowrie, a worker at The Medical Cannabis Dispensary, marijuana buyers
depend their purchase on the price of pot on the market, adding that buyers would turn to the
black market if prices are too high. Not only does marijuana legalization affect the prices, it also
affects the number of stores registering their businesses and making themselves legal. Nearly a
year after announcing its intention to regulate marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver, the city has
issued four business licences to pot shops and five to compassion clubs as of Monday.