As some peaceful protests over the murder of George Floyd have turned into riots and looting, cannabis dispensaries have not escaped the damage. At least 30 cannabis businesses in California alone have been impacted by looting, according to social media posts compiled by High Times, with others reported across the country including in Illinois and Oregon.
While owners are probably not happy about the damage suffered by their business, some have voiced their support of the protests despite the collateral damage.
Berner, a.k.a. Gilber anthony Milam Jr., a rapper and co-owner of the cannabis brand Cookies, posted a videoon Instagram after his dispensary in West Hollywood was looted.
“It’s extremely unfortunate what happened to our store tonight on Melrose. But as a human living in the world we’re living in today, I cannot expect anything less until justice is served,” Berner said. “We can rebuild our store, but you cannot bring someone back to life.”
“All I say is, I pray everyone stays safe and protects their family in a time like this. How can I worry about a store when there is so much more going on in the world right now? So much hate, so much anger, so much pain, and a lack of justice. Please take care of your families and stay safe.”
Other high-profile pot shops which have been looted include one of MedMen’s locations in Los Angeles.
Oakland-area dispensary ECO Cannabis was also broken into, with looters stealing several thousands of dollars in goods. ECO’s owner Kevin Ahaesy to a certain extent blamed area police for the damage.
“I think that we pay extremely high taxes and extremely high fees to the city of Oakland,” Ahaesy told KCBS Radio. “I think if they’re going to make us an exception in that respect, then they also have to make us an exception in protecting us.”
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