In a facebook message to supporters, WeeMedical Campbell River manager Joel Wilson apologized for the service disruptions.
“From day one our goal has been to educate and provide quality medical cannabis for those in the community who need it,” Wilson wrote. “In fact the only thing that has interfered with that is the repeated harassment, bullying, threats and expensive SWAT raids courtesy of our Federal police force and paid for by you, the Campbell River tax payer.”
Although the business is now reopened, Wilson said it’s the patients that are suffering from the frequent shut downs.
One Facebook poster, under the screen name Sharon Canuck, said she’s supported the business since it first opened, but without a certain type of CBD oil, she’s not doing well.
“I don’t want to go back to barely living,” said Sharon. “The pain and muscle tearing is already starting.”
Wilson estimate the amount spent on the police raids to be over $100,000 and residents can expect that number to go up, unless pressure is applied by the community.
“We have tried very hard to do everything as we were asked to initially by the RCMP, but they keep moving the goalposts so it’s difficult,” Wilson wrote. “Campbell River City Council has the power to stop the RCMP harassment, and if enough of their constituents tell them to do something they will. Like Port Alberni. And Sechelt. Squamish. Nanaimo. Victoria. North Vancouver.”
Wilson said WeeMedical is planning a support rally July 20, 4pm to 6:30pm at Spirit Square Circle to show city council and authorities that the dispensary is a needed part of the community.