The BC Court of Appeals turned down an application from Vancouver’s unlicensed dispensary owners for a stay of the B.C. Supreme Court decision ordering illegal dispensaries shut down. The nine stores involved in the application—including four locations of the franchise Weeds—were warned they would be held in contempt of court if they did not close immediately.
Vancouver Courier, Vancouver Sun, CTV News
- By Wednesday, all nine dispensaries in question had closed.
- Activist Dana Larsen announced he would be closing his Downtown Eastside dispensary, which opened in 2008, but would continue fighting for another one he said was legally open.
- Hamilton police announced they had raided and closed the city’s last remaining unlicensed dispensary. Shortly thereafter, they arrested two for selling illicit REC in the parking lot of one of the closed dispensaries. CBC Hamilton, Global News
- The Globe profiled Toronto’s budtenders and their relationships with customers.
Globe and Mail
- After the Globe suggested the Ontario government would soon allow 50 more REC stores to open—and Lift & Co repeated the suggestion—provincial finance minister Vic Fedeli’s assistant said, “It’s not true. We do not have any plans at this moment in time to offer more licences.”
Globe and Mail, Lift, Vice
- Health Canada isn’t considering legalizing psilocybin mushrooms just yet, though a representative acknowledged the agency has issued a formal “no objection” letter to a clinical trial on medical psilocybin.