Dispensaries rally at city hall

A peaceful patient awareness walk will be held at city hall today in support of Vernon medical cannabis dispensaries

A peaceful patient awareness walk will be held at city hall today in support of Vernon medical cannabis dispensaries.

The walk starts at noon.

“We are going to have some key patients willing to speak on the discriminatory access for Health Canada-approved medical cannabis,” said Silas Stewart of MMJ Total Health Care in downtown Vernon.

The event is in support of Greater Vernon compassion clubs and dispensaries that provide safe access to medicinal cannabis.

Five such clubs and dispensaries in Vernon were visited by RCMP the last week of November, and each was issued a verbal warning about potential closures of their businesses.

A coalition among the businesses was formed, and they immediately called for the RCMP to halt further action pending new legislation on the legalization of medical cannabis by the federal Liberal government.

The five stores decided to rotate single-day closures.