Article by Jennifer Feinberg, Chilliwack Progress
WeeMedical Dispensary Society tried to reopen its doors to serve Chilliwack — less than two weeks after it was raided and shut down.
The dispensary had tried to reopen Friday in an act of “civil disobedience,” according to an online post — despite the ‘no occupancy’ order.
“Out of respect to Chilliwack City Council and RCMP, WeeMedical Dispensary Society has remained closed for over a week since the unfortunate incident of April 5,” the post from last week said.
The volunteer answering the phones Friday at WeeMedical, who would only identify herself as Taryn, said they reopened because “everybody believes we are a good fit” for Chilliwack.
“Due to the unwavering support of the Chilliwack community and WeeMedical members across British Columbia, in an act of Civil Disobedience, WeeMedical has decided to open its doors once again,” reads the post.
But it didn’t last.
RCMP executed another search warrant Monday afternoon, with City of Chilliwack enforcement personnel on-site to issue bylaw offence notices.
The telltale orange ‘no occupancy’ sign was visible on the door by the end of the day.
All the WeeMedical signage had been stripped from the building.
They knew Friday it could be raided again.
“It is a possibility,” Taryn said.
“It’s been quiet today because no one knows we’re open.”
After the second raid on Monday, April 18, WeeMedical volunteers posted another online message, this time critical of the enforcement effort as “another unfortunate incident.”