Ralston said he hasn’t been paid for his work yet, which is complicated by being forbidden to return to the Granderson Street location as part of his release conditions.
In a short phone interview with CLN, Thompson disputed Ralston’s characterization of events but confirmed there are no plans to reopen the Langford outlet.
“Our employees know they are taken care of,” she said. “There’s two sides to every story… We don’t have much to say. There’s no comment.”
Green Tree also operate storefront dispensaries on Vancouver Island in Duncan and Nanaimo.
But while Ralston worries over his upcoming court date, there’s a chance he’ll be let off the hook as the crown has stayed charges against dispensary workers in the past. Legislation for the federal Trudeau government’s plans for adult recreational cannabis use is also expected to be tabled by the spring, and — although he has documents regarding his Feb 22 arrest and his pending court date — the information has not yet been entered into the BC Ministry of Justice online court services database.