Burb Cannabis consolidated its product at two of its four locations in the greater Vancouver area and closed the other two because it doesn't have enough inventory and can't get more. They are only allowed to obtain products from the provincial government. 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.
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Please try again. Business hours have also been reduced at the Burb store in Vancouver and another on Vancouver Island. 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.
Cannabis stores have already started to close, as their only source of supply has been cut off by a 10-day B. 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. Discover the wide range of edibles, concentrates, cannabis oils, capsules, CBD oils, rolls and dried flowers from BC Cannabis Stores, available in indicative, sativa and hybrid options with different strengths of CBD and THC. .