CANNABIS CULTURE – Neil Magnuson has been evicted, raided, arrested and simply typically persecuted by the Vancouver Police Division. Now the VPD have threatened to impound his car. 

Why?

Magnuson supplies assist and help to folks combating drug addictions within the Downtown East Facet (DTES).

BUT he does this and not using a license.

Magnuson is The founder of  a low-barrier dispensary known as the Therapeutic Wave and another habit motion group often called the Hashish Substitution Mission (CPS).

“How may we presumably cease, why on God’s inexperienced earth ought to we!? To fulfill greed and corruption that might deny poor struggling folks wanted reduction and choices?” Says Neil Magnuson, founding father of Therapeutic Wave dispensary and the CSP.

The Vancouver Police Division has ordered an finish to CSP’s operation on the Downtown East Facet, citing the unlicensed distribution of unregulated hashish.

“Laws states {that a} vendor have to be licensed by the provincial authorities and that product on the market have to be sourced by way of the Provincial authorities to make sure the security of the product, and finally, the patron. The unlicensed sale of hashish is prohibited,” VPD’s Constable  Tania Visintin acknowledged. 

Magnuson has been forthright with Councillor Rebecca Bligh and native officers. Magnuson’s lawyer submitted paperwork to undergo the right licensing channels. He additionally utilized for emergency authorization in order that his organizations can maintain working whereas he waits for official approval. 

In a letter of support to Metropolis Council, Metropolis employees, and companions within the provincial and federal authorities printed on Mugglehead, Bligh acknowledged, “Each the Critical Hope Society [the umbrella for Magnuson’s cannabis substitution and low barrier access programs]and the Excessive Hopes Society [another organization providing access to cannabis as a solution to opioid use]are addressing the opioid emergency in our most susceptible communities by offering hashish in its place to harmful illicit opioids.” 

She went on to implore the provincial and federal governments to supply exemptions to permit the organizations to proceed working, to no avail. 

In a neighborhood infamous for open problematic drug use and more and more needle-littered streets, Magnuson has created a neighborhood of hope and therapeutic that’s hanging tightly to the final threads of the rug beneath it; and the Vancouver Police Division has a stronghold on the opposite aspect.

The Therapeutic Wave and CSP storefront on Cordova Avenue (pictured in function picture) had develop into a spot the place folks struggling may really feel comfy and welcome. The spacious indoor location and relaxed ambiance eradicated the grueling lineups that many endure as a way to get harm-reducing hashish. 

As a substitute, cheerful volunteers welcomed shoppers with hashish infused meals to munch on whereas they selected their edibles for the week. 

In October, the proprietor of Therapeutic Wave’s storefront was compelled to evict the CSP. Decided to not let the folks he serves down, Magnuson instantly procured an RV, which he parked on the sidewalk in entrance of his unique location.

The Hashish Substitutions Submit-eviction dwelling. Police have already raided the van, and have threatened to impound the car.

Within the final couple of weeks, the VPD raided his van, threatening impound, further seizure of merchandise, and even arrest if he continues.   

British Columbia had a median of five overdose deaths per day final month. The DTES is the epicenter of this disaster.  The scenario will solely worsen as winter units in on a area ravaged by homelessness and COVID, along with its dire opioid drawback.

Between the Therapeutic Wave and the Hashish Substitution Program, Magnuson serves over two thousand shoppers. People who find themselves turning their lives round, doing their finest to keep away from probably deadly withdrawal whereas they get off of opiates and different dangerous medicine. 

If he shuts down, then these folks shall be caught with out help or entry they’re comfy with looking for out. Towards all odds, Magnuson mentioned, “We are going to proceed the CSP and get a brand new storefront a technique or one other, ASAP.” 

He famous the hardship shifting places will placed on his shoppers. “Lots of the CSP shoppers don’t have contact data and depend on us being there for his or her free 420ml each 4 days.” 

Constable Visintin mentioned to fight the potential uptick in opiate use and deaths on account of Therapeutic Wave and the CSP being shut down, the Vancouver Police Division “will proceed to work with our companions to make sure drug customers get the assistance and help they want.”