‘We Got Screwed’: Former Weed Dispensary Worker Speaks Out

Article by Julia Wright, CBC News

'We got screwed': Former weed dispensary worker speaks out Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn No conviction for former HBB Medical worker in Saint John, but 15 months of uncertainty have taken a toll Julia Wright · CBC News William Caines in front of the now-closed Chesley Drive storefront of HBB Medical, where he worked until the dispensary was raided in January 2017. Since then, he's had to deal with a year and a half of court appearances and lawyer's bills, he said. (Julia Wright / CBC) William Caines, second from left, poses with fellow dispensary workers John Albert and Kyle Owens and owner Hank Merchant. (CBC)

William Caines doesn’t have a criminal record. But he still dreads potential employers asking for a criminal record check.

He’s one of 12 workers charged in raids on Saint John cannabis dispensaries in January.

When the results reveal to potential bosses he has a court date coming up, “they’re like, is this guy a pedophile, is this guy a killer, what is he?” said Caines.

“It’s been really hard getting work.”

Caines hopes that’s going to change soon.

In Saint John provincial court Tuesday, Judge Andrew Palmer granted him an absolute discharge for possession for the purpose of trafficking, which will remain on his record for one year.

He’s the eighth Saint John dispensary worker to receive such a discharge, which means his record will be clear after a year as long as he stays out of trouble.

It’s a happy ending after 15 months of uncertainty, half a dozen court dates, and lawyer’s bills piling up.

“There wasn’t a day that I wasn’t thinking about it,” he said.

According to Caines, he and other minimum-wage workers took the fall for HBB Medical’s legally questionable business practices — while the business pulled in as much as $10,000 a day.

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