B.C. cannabis stores close, lay off staff as job action prevents pot deliveries

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Retail liquor and cannabis stores are not part of the job action, but the cannabis division of the Burnaby customer care centre is. Some of British Columbia’s cannabis stores say they’re shutting their doors and laying off staff after a labour dispute in the public sector has stopped the province’s pot distribution centre from shipping product since early last week. He fears it will be hard for some shops to win those customers over again, when deliveries return. Mood Cannabis Co. chief executive Cory Waldron had to lay off 17 workers — 90 per cent of staff — at his two Nanaimo stores on Thursday because they weren’t receiving deliveries from the BCLDB. “There was lots of tears. Flora, which has six locations, already had to temporarily lay off 30 people because of the lack of supply.

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Some of British Columbia’s cannabis stores say they’re shutting their doors and laying off staff after a labour dispute in the public sector has stopped the province’s pot distribution centre from shipping product since early last week.

The privately owned stores, which must purchase their stock from the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB), say they have run out of supply and have no other choice but to temporarily close and let go of their workers.

Mood Cannabis Co. chief executive Cory Waldron had to lay off 17 workers — 90 per cent of staff — at his two Nanaimo stores on Thursday because they weren’t receiving deliveries from...

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