Dear Clark County,
Nearly five years ago, we opened the first Herbery in East Vancouver on 164th Ave. At the end of November this year, due to current federal banking regulations, our landlord has been informed they cannot renew our lease. Sadly, we must close our doors on our flagship store. Our last day of business at that location will be Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.
We’ve had such an excellent run on 164th Ave., but with cannabis still illegal on a federal level, financial institutions do not look favorably on our industry. This is a major talking point in Washington, D.C., right now, and with the approval of the SAFE Banking Act in the House of Representatives this fall, we are hopeful for major changes to how our industry is allowed to handle finances. Next, the Senate must review and approve the act, and we are taking active steps to inform senators of the importance of the SAFE Banking Act for Americans working in the cannabis industry.
We hope you’ll take the time to reach out to your senators to let them know that this issue is important, and that cannabis businesses should have the same reliable access to banking resources that other businesses enjoy.
Coming soon to Hazel Dell
Despite this, The Herbery has some great things coming on the horizon. We have secured the location for our next store in Hazel Dell and are in the middle of renovating what may be our biggest store yet! It has always been our intention to share our unique strain of fun and professionalism throughout our community, and we will continue to do so when Clark County lifts its cannabis moratorium in the new year. For updates on The Herbery – Hazel Dell Grand Opening, click to sign up for our email list.
To our wonderful regulars at 164th Ave – thank you all so much for your continued business. We are so grateful for each and every one of you. We know you love the efficiency, product selection, and customer service The Herbery provides, so less than three miles west down Mill Plain, just before the I-205 on-ramp, near the Burger King and Elmer’s, The Herbery – Chkalov is ready to serve. We plan on retaining all our employees, so the same fun and familiar faces will be there to greet you.
How can I help?
With cannabis still considered illegal on a federal level, businesses within the industry are not allowed access to typical banking resources available to all other businesses. That’s why we can’t accept debit or credit cards, why some companies can’t direct-deposit payroll to their employees, and why our landlord is not being allowed to renew our lease at 164th Ave. The SAFE Banking Act is a bill presented to the legislature that would give cannabis businesses access to financial services that all other businesses enjoy. It passed the House of Representatives this year, and now, we must ask elected officials in the Senate to approve the act to protect hard-working Americans in the cannabis industry.
Please ask our Wash. senators, the Honorable Maria Cantwell & Patty Murray, to support the SAFE Banking Act so legal cannabis companies may access banking resources without fear of losing them. Contact our senators at the links below.
Senator Maria Cantwell
Senator Patty Murray