What I Learned From Being Robbed

When criminals attempted to rob me personally, my co-worker chose to fight back and I backed him up – they fled with nothing and left behind a hat, a gold necklace, and a gun. Real gun, fake bullets. Fighting back felt good but had the gun contained real bullets we could have been shot and killed. A robbery – especially an armed robbery – can terrorize staff members and destroy a business. I personally have been robbed about a dozen times in the course of my cannabis retail activism – half the time by police, the other half by regular criminals. Each time it’s been a fight for survival – the survival of the organization that was robbed and the individuals on staff at the time. I’m president of the Stressed And Depressed Association – a dispensary in Vancouver. We have been operating since 2015. We focus on educating our clients and the public about cannabis – it’s proper use, it’s applicability as a preventive medicine for the healthy to stay healthy with, and it’s potential to...



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