Cannabis stores have already started to close, as their only source of supply has been cut off by a 10-day B, C. General Employees' Union strike in warehouses. On Wednesday, Burb, which has five outlets, closed one of its two stores in Port Coquitlam and another in Port Moody, leaving 20 to 25 people out of work. The remains of the inventory from those two stores are being transferred to their other store in Port Coquitlam.
Depending on the volume of customers, you could keep that store open another week. Start the day with a summary of B, C. A welcome email is on its way. If you don't see it, check your spam folder.
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Clayton Chessa, co-founder and chief operating officer of Burb, said that if the strike is not resolved soon, or if there are any alternative solutions to be able to obtain cannabis only through the warehouses of the alcoholic beverage distribution branch, the other stores will also close. He has little to do, but he hopes that the strike will be resolved quickly. Cannabis retail representatives said that the biggest concern, beyond the economic consequences and the possible collapse of companies, is that they have worked hard to build trust and acceptance in the legal cannabis sector over the past four years. Now, that is being destroyed and customers are more than likely to turn to the illicit market again, said Spensir Sangara, owner of THC Canada, which has a store on Main Street in Vancouver.
That's also true for people who use marijuana for medical reasons and source from retail stores, he said. THC had just received a delivery of cannabis before the strike, so Sangara said his store is in a slightly better position than others. But if the strike continues for a couple of weeks, all stores will close, he said. Jaclynn Pehota, Executive Director of the B, C Cannabis Retail Council.
Producers who were supposed to start early last week right when the strike began. That program is now paralyzed, he said. The Ministry of Finance and the Liquor Distribution Branch did not immediately respond Wednesday to questions about the new initiative or if there were plans for other ways to supply cannabis to retail stores in the meantime. Private liquor stores, bars and restaurants can source beer and wine and, to a small extent, liquors such as vodka and gin, directly from local producers.
However, cannabis retailers can only purchase their products directly at government alcohol wholesale and distribution centers in Delta, Richmond, Kamloops and Victoria. The BCGEU, which represents 33,000 workers, agreed on Tuesday to resume bargaining at the province's request. It's not clear what it will take to reach an agreement. The parties are trapped in a high-risk negotiation, and the BCGEU is likely to set the standard for 400,000 public sector workers whose contract ends this year.
The province is trying to minimize the increase in the total cost of these settlements in its annual operating budget. The union appears to be looking for wage increases to cover inflation, which now stands at eight percent in Canada, far from the 3.5 percent per year offered by the province. He also fears that consumers could turn to the still-popular illicit market if they can't find cannabis stores with remaining stocks. The current system only allows legal cannabis stores and government-owned stores to obtain their supply of B.
While the strike does not affect private cannabis retailers, the owner of the Queensborough cannabis dispensary believes that the effects of the strike could be felt throughout the private market. In a statement to Glacier Media, Calvin Basran, owner of the Queensborough cannabis dispensary, said that the province's monopoly on the cannabis market will cause a shortage of supplies for consumers. Meanwhile, BCLDB said that BC Cannabis stores continue to operate and serve customers normally, although online orders are not being accepted. Some of British Columbia's cannabis stores say they are closing their doors and laying off staff after a labor dispute in the public sector prevented the province's marijuana distribution center from shipping products since the beginning of last week.
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