After a very successful start with an easel hosted by the Grasshopper Retail Inc. Prince George, BC, our local rep was asked to remove the easel due to provincial government regulations preventing cannabis retailers from collecting funds for, or participating in charitable causes.
This news was a blow to Relay for Life in Prince George, the charitable cause who was the recipient of the donation income from this easel location. Gail from Relay for Life is not one to take things lying down and immediately began to work with Joe, the Grasshopper store’s owner, to petition the BC government to revise this legislation. Gail and Joe were very persistent and their hard work has paid off!
The BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch which oversees cannabis regulations and policies have amended the BC Cannabis Policy. As of March 2021 Cannabis retailers are now allowed to raise funds tor Charitable causes! This win is an incredible blueprint that can be used in other provinces with similar policies.
Joe is now in the process of asking all other cannabis retailers throughout BC to host Funding Innovation art easels to raise funds for Relay for Life!
Relay is more than a fundraiser. It unites a collective of Canadians who are a force-for-life in the face of cancer. It’s a chance for participants of all ages to come together and celebrate the survivors in our communities, who send a powerful message of hope for those living with the disease. It’s a place to honour and remember those we’ve lost to cancer. Relay for Life is an initiative organized by the Canadian Cancer Society across Canada.
The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do; we are the voice for Canadians who care about cancer. We fund groundbreaking research, provide a support system for all those affected by cancer and shape health policies to prevent cancer and support those living with the disease.