Shelter stands with all those seeking justice

Victoria, BC – June 1, 2020

In 1865, slavery was abolished in the United States.

In 1954, segregation was legally abolished.

In the 1960’s, we saw a generation focused on civil rights and equality, yet half a century after the Summer of Love, neighbourhoods have been bombed, people are still being killed for standing up, they are being killed for lying down, they are being killed for speaking out, and they are being killed for staying silent.

We are a Canadian cannabis company, who the hell are we to be speaking to this? We do not live this reality everyday, we have not had it imprinted in our bones and our DNA. We recognize that it is NOT our place to speak to these experiences, but it is our place to ensure we are not complicit, nor complacent.

Many of us broke cannabis laws for many years. From our place of privilege, we broke cannabis laws that unfairly targeted minorities and the vulnerable. We believe cannabis prohibition was just one tool used to rain down injustices on these communities, and we see systemic practices in our institutions, and in our legalization of cannabis that continue these injustices.

We continue to see unequal enforcement against individuals, patients, and minorities, while many who funded and enforced prohibition now benefit from legalization. We see Bay Street-funded Corporations break the rules, and get away with it. Meanwhile, our governments refuse to even allow First Nations to decide for themselves how their own communities use a simple plant.

We like to think we are better in Canada, but better doesn’t mean good. Nor does it mean equality. Legalization was not the end of our fight.

We. Can. Do. Better.

If you are in position to help, please consider donating to George Floyd’s family here:

Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

Can’t make it to a protest near you? Consider helping the helpers:

Michigan Solidarity Bail Fund

Detroit Justice Center

Kansas City Community Bail Fund

Vegas Freedom Fund

SURJ Buffalo Bail Fund

Columbus Freedom Fund

BLM Tulsa

PDX Bail Fund

Philadelphia Community Bail Fund

Philadelphia Bail Fund

Northwest Community Bail Fund

Aftercare Jail Support

FANG Community Bail Fund

Hamilton County Community Bail Fund

Memphis Community Bail Fund

Mid-South Peace BLM Community Bail Fund

Nashville Community Bail Fund

Luke 4:18 Bail Fund

Fianza Fund

Texas Organizing Project Bailout Fund

Salt Lake City Community Bail

Northwest Community Bail Fund

BLM Seattle Freedom Fund

Charleston SC Community Fund

Richmond Community Bail Fund

Roanoke Community Bail Fund

Free the 350 Bail Fund

Milwaukee Freedom Fund

In Canada:

Toronto Protestor Bail Fund

Indigenous Bar Association 

Canadian Race Relations Foundation