Marijuana Policy Project

Dispensaries Trashed and Robbed in Numerous States

Looters ransack Cookies dispensary on Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles. (Image courtesty of Grind.Face.tv)

More than 40 marijuana stores nationwide have been vandalized and ripped off during the current wave of protests stemming from the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis on May 25.

In Oakland, Magnolia Wellness is among a number of stores that was hit. Owner Debby Goldsberry posted the following statement on Facebook:

“We were robbed by an armed group, and lost nearly everything. We will need help to rebuild. To be clear, this was not protesters or looters, these were armed criminals. If you have not been hit yet, I advise you to close, and store your money and cannabis at a distributor out of the bay. We can’t rebuild without you all, as we are a small mom and pop with no corporate to bail us out. Love you all! Be safe. We’re closed for a week or so.”

Goldsberrry tells CelebStoner that it happened at 3 am on May 31. "It was bad. We lost everything," she says. "They didn't burn us down and only broke two windows, so that part's good." The store was vandalized again on June 1.

 

Oakland Dispenaries

• Blüm

• Cookies

• ECO Cannabis

• Harborside Health Center

• Magnolia Wellness

• Oakland Organics

• Phytologie

• Smoakland

ECO Cannabis posted the following statement at Instagram:

Yesterday was a tough day for Eco Cannabis. During the night of the protests, our dispensary was broken into, vandalized and robbed. Medicine was stolen, glass was smashed and the damage has been done. However, in spite of all this, we remain open and committed to serving YOU. We will not let the reckless actions of a few, take away the access to the essential medicine needed by the many. Furthermore, this incident won’t take away the important jobs of our essential staff who deserve and need to work at a time like this. We remain vigilant and are relieved that no one was needlessly hurt. We also want justice for George Floyd and the voices of the people to be heard. We still stand with you Oakland.

 

San Francicso Dispensaries

• BASA Collective

• Blunts+Moore

• California Street Cannabis Company

• Connected San Francisco

• Dr. Greenthumb

• Dutchman's Flat

• Grass Roots

• Medithrive 

• Mission Cannabis Club

• Moe Greens

• SPARC

• The Apothecarium Castro

• The Green Cross

• Urbana (two locations) 

 

Los Angeles Dispensaries

• Cookies Melrose

• LA Kush

• MedMen (three locations) 

• Sherbinskis

• Sweet Flower

• The Pottery

Cookies owner Berner said at Instagram:

"It's extremely unfortunate what happened to our store tonight on Melrose. But as a human living in the world today I can't expect anything less until justice is served. We can rebuild our store but you can't bring someone back to life. With that being said, we stand with what's going on in the world, A statement needed to be made. I pray everyone stays safe and protects their family in a time like this. How can I worry about a store when there's so much happening 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."

MedMen posted at Twitter that all of their stores are "currently closed":

B-Real from Cypress Hill, who owns six Dr. Greenthumb shops in California, posted this tweet:

 

Other California Dispensaries

• Farmacy in Berkeley

• NUG Sacramento and The Kana Company in Sacramento

• Harborside Health Center in San Leandro

• One Plant in El Sobrante

• VHHC in Vallejo

 

Oregon Dispensaries

• Oregon's Finest in Portland

Firehorse Trading Company in Eugene

 

Chicago Dispensaries

• Dispensary 33 

Mission

• Sunnyside

All pot shops in Illinois are closed indefinitely.

The Mission Dispensary at 8554 S. Commercial Ave. in Chicago. The painted message on the door reads: "We’re cleared out. Please don’t hit us again." (Photo courtesy of Kris Krane)

Mission is owned by 4Front Ventures. Kris Krane, 4Front co-founder and president, posted the following statement at Facebook:

"I'm sad to report that our Mission dispensary on the South Side of Chicago was looted yesterday during the unrest in the city. The store was overrun by 40 to 50 armed men and women and ransacked. Everything of value was taken and the store was mostly destroyed. It has been a challenging day for everyone in the 4Front/Mission family, especially our team in here in Chicago who have worked so hard to make the South Shore store a welcoming and safe environment for patients and customers in a neighborhood desperately in need of more safe spaces.

"We were one of a number of dispensaries in the Chicago area and nationwide to be targeted, and in this case we were also part of a spate of lootings in our neighborhood. Nearly every business, the majority independent small businesses, on the Commercial Avenue corridor of South Chicago were broken into, looted or destroyed. The community will need a lot of healing when this is done, and we are already coordinating with our Alderman to be part of the neighborhood clean up and rebuilding process. We will not run from this community because of this. We will further embrace it and participate in the healing to come.

"Despite the sadness and destruction, my support for the protests and the underlying goal of ending police brutality, systemic law enforcement reform and societal recognition of the fundamental humanity of people of color in this country remains undeterred. I stand with those protesting for human rights and justice, and understand why some feel so disempowered that they have no recourse but rage and violence.

"To be fair, the people who looted the store yesterday were not protesters. They arrived together in cars, en mass, many armed, clearly targeting this store. Our staff, around 90% of whom are people of color, were terrified to leave the store as this group approached, and were lucky to get out unharmed. They had no agenda other than to destroy and steal, and thankfully nobody was hurt in the process.

"Our store will be rebuilt. George Floyd will still be dead. If in the end all of this pain and destruction leads to real reform and an end to the murder of young black and brown people at the hands of the police, it's a price I'm willing to pay. I sincerely hope this will not have all been in vain."

Boston Dispensaries

Mayflower Medicinals

• Patriot Care

Pure Oasis

 

Philadelphia Dispensaries

• Beyond/Hello (two locations)

"This past weekend, our Center City and Northern Liberties locations in Philadelphia were broken into, making it impossible for us to safely operate," Jushi Holdings’ chairman and CEO Jim Cacioppo stated in a press release. "In addition to these two temporary store closures, we have limited our hours at certain locations in Pennsylvania and Illinois. It is our hope to begin safely servicing our customers soon from the impacted store locations and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our patients and customers.

"As committed members of the cannabis movement, we will also continue to fight for equality and work to overturn racially biased laws that ruin lives and unequally target disenfranchised communities and people of color."

 

New York Dispensaries

• Fp Wellness in Manhattan

"Last night we had a break-in during the protests in NYC," the store reported on June 2. "Thankfully, our staff is safe. However, we do need to do substantial repairs. We will be closed for at least a week from 6/1 through 6/8."

 

Florida Dispensaries

• Grow Healthy in West Palm Beach 

Miracle Leaf in West Palm Beach

• MÜV in Wellington

 

Floyd was killed when a Minnesota cop kneeled on his neck for eight minutes, suffocating him. Protests have been ongoing since then.

Please name other cannabis stores that have been vandalized in the comments.

Thanks to Jimi Devine, Ophelia Chong and Doug McVay for helping to compile this list.

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