Why is b, c. cannabis on strike?

The business group warns that the decline in the supply of cannabis at the retail level has led consumers to return to the illicit market. 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.

Why is b, c. cannabis on strike?

The business group warns that the decline in the supply of cannabis at the retail level has led consumers to return to the illicit market. 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. Privately owned stores, which must buy their shares in the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Division (BCLDB), say they have run out of supply and have no other option but to temporarily close and fire their workers. CEO Cory Waldron had to lay off 17 workers - 90 percent of the staff - at his two stores in Nanaimo on Thursday because they weren't receiving deliveries from the BCLDB.

Waldron said he knows of at least 40 stores that have already closed and believes that number could double by the end of Friday. Retail liquor and cannabis stores are not part of the labor action, but the cannabis division of the Burnaby customer service center is. The union resumed negotiations earlier this week, but no agreement has yet been reached. The union did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

BCGEU spokeswoman Jasleen Arora declined to discuss the matter. If labor action continues, 70 percent of legal marijuana retailers in the province will have closed their doors in August. It's likely that 30 percent of them won't reopen once the labor action is resolved, he added in an email. His organization has been urging the province to declare the delivery of cannabis an essential service or to allow marijuana stores to buy shares from outside the province during labor action.

Waldron has already heard of illicit sellers who target privately owned stores and hand out business cards to customers they feel they can attract during the labor demand. He fears that some stores will find it difficult to win back those customers when deliveries return. Cassandra Wardrop, operations manager at Flora Cannabis, has similar concerns because many of the brand's stores are located a short drive from indigenous retailers, whose supply is not affected. Flora, which has six locations, has already had to temporarily lay off 30 people due to lack of supply.

Stores will continue to operate with managers managing them, but hours will be reduced and even then, some stores only have a week or less of stock left, Wardrop said. For the sake of business and customers, expect deliveries to resume soon. Twelve Canadians — five crew members and seven passengers on a Pivot Air flight — who have been detained in the Dominican Republic since last spring, learned Friday that they are going home. Passengers who flew from Jamaica to Canada last week have been comforting themselves in a WhatsApp group since the experience, which they say involved a plane so hot that several people fainted.

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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.

They are preparing for the emptiest shelves after a strike that began this week prevented the province's marijuana distribution center from shipping products. The British Columbia General Employees Union (BCGEU), which represents some 33,000 public service workers in British Columbia, British Columbia. Retail liquor and cannabis stores are not part of the strike launched over salaries, but the cannabis division of the Burnaby customer service center is part of the labor action, the union said. In response, the LDB announced that its cannabis distribution center will not accept or ship products, assemble orders, or process invoices or purchase orders.

The province was preparing to allow cannabis stores to accept direct deliveries of products from authorized producers long before the strike began, but until those deliveries began, stores have no choice but to get their products from the LDB. Some store owners are already preparing to close if the distribution center doesn't return to work soon. The Seed and Stone store chain has a good supply of products right now, but they agreed that could change quickly if the strike is prolonged. Sachdeva wishes stores had been notified earlier about the interruption in delivery so that they could have stocked up on products.

He added that he would be disappointed if he had to reject consumers because of a lack of product, especially if they were looking for cannabis for medical reasons. He also fears that consumers could turn to the still-popular illicit market if they can't find cannabis stores with remaining stocks. B, C. The current system only allows legal cannabis stores and government-owned stores to obtain their supply of B, C.

Alcohol and cannabis centers instead of private sources. Restaurants and bars, on the other hand, have the option of buying directly from private craft breweries and wineries if the distribution center doesn't deliver. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6 For CBC, it is a priority to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians, including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive problems. The optional subtitles and the video described are available for many CBC programs offered on CBC Gem.

The business group Cannabis Council of Canada wants the province of British Columbia to develop a contingency plan to safeguard the province's supply of legal marijuana, as an ongoing strike against the province's monopoly wholesaler leaves some stores with nothing to sell. Cannabis stores have already started to close, as their only source of supply has been cut off by a 10-day B. The current system only allows legal cannabis stores and government-owned stores to obtain their supply of B. .

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