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As protests get violent, cannabis dispensaries are being looted

Demonstrations in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death on May 31, 2020 in Santa Monica, Calif. / Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Demonstrations across the U.S. in protest of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police have grown increasingly violent at night

This weekend offered an unnerving display of violence in many cities throughout the United States following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

The tragic death inspired numerous protests not just in the U.S., but in Canada and across Europe as well. These rallies have generally proven to be peaceful by day, but have grown violent as night falls when protesters and police clash.

While tear gas and aggression has led to innumerable injuries, police vehicles in several cities were torched and businesses in downtown cores have been vandalized, ransacked and looted. One video released on social media shows people entering the broken window of a Cookies cannabis store in an unidentified city — some leaving empty-handed; others not so much.

Screen capture from Cookies video. / Photo: Twitter

Headquartered in the San Francisco area, Cookies was officially founded in 2012 by Bay Area rapper and entrepreneur Berner, and his partner Jai, a Bay Area cultivator and cannabis breeder. The company has 50-plus cannabis varieties and product lines, including indoor, outdoor and sungrown flower, pre-rolls, vape carts, edibles and gel caps. They have several locations across the U.S.

MedMen was also targeted. Two videos seem to show at least two company dispensary locations in Los Angeles being vandalized, according to The Deep Dive.

In both the Cookies and MedMen cases, it is not clear if local protestors and their supporters, activist elements looking to cause destruction or both had a hand in the vandalism. But the weekend’s events have prompted some business owners to take preventive action, including boarding up locations or displaying signs indicating if the business is black-owned.

Several cities hoped to cap the nightly upheaval with curfews, but these were ignored by many over the weekend and seemed to further ignite calls to be heard. Community leaders are calling for judicial reform, real fairness in how police treat people of colour and true recourse when police officers engage in unwarranted violent actions.

Days after the deadly assault that laid bare decades of frustration and tensions, Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder. Several other officers who were on site, none of whom tried to stop Chauvin from pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck, have not yet been charged.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Angela Stelmakowich on The GrowthOp

Published: June 02, 2020

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