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Beloved medical cannabis seller Shelter Market shutters operations

It appears the company will continue operations through its Agro Greens business in Saskatchewan

Beloved medical cannabis seller Shelter Market shutters operations
Shelter Market has been selling craft cannabis products to Canadian patients since March 2020. Image via Shelter

Shelter Market, a seller of medical cannabis beloved by many Canadian patients, is closing shop.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the online marketplace said it’s closing its website.

“Beginning today, you may notice disruption in the availability of products on Shelter Market,” reads the initial message.

So clients can continue their care, Shelter is providing a number of options.

Through its client care team, patients can have their medical cannabis document transferred to Medicibis — doing business as Mendo Cannabis — another vendor with a selection “comparable to” Shelter’s.

If their document is expiring this year, Mendo will cover the renewal costs. Mendo is also offering 10 per cent off two orders.

Alternatively, a patient’s medical document can either be returned to them, or Shelter will take care of a transfer to another licensed seller.

“We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time, as our Client Care team supports an unprecedented volume of transfers and requests. Thank you so much for supporting Shelter Market. It has been a pleasure to serve you.”

Launching in March 2020, B.C.-based Shelter developed a strong reputation with a curated list of high-quality products and compassionate pricing, while offering detailed consumer information like terpene content.

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“Agreeing on terms with Medicibis was essential to ensure easy transition for our members,” Shelter COO David Purcell said in a statement following the announcement. “We are confident that the Mendo team and platform will serve our clients needs with the same kindness and care patients have come to expect from Shelter Market.”

“It breaks my heart that we are no longer able to support medical clients though Shelter Market, but I am exceedingly grateful to Mendo,” Agro Greens managing director Jeremy Vokins added.

Mendo COO Jay Swartz says his company was created with all Canadian patients in mind

“Helping Shelter Market members easily transition to a new platform reinforces our core values and patient-first approach,” he says.

Many in the industry have criticized the high taxes on cannabis products in general, and especially for patients, who are also taxed — unlike for other medications.

Full details for Shelter’s closure have not yet been provided. Mugglehead has reached out for more information.

In 2020, Shelter acquired Saskatchewan-based producer Agro Greens Natural Products Ltd.

Through the Agro Greens site, the company sold cannabis wholesale, as well as offered white-label services for other producers. Shelter also sold recreational products, but only to customers in Saskatchewan. It’s unclear if the recreational sales will transfer to Agro Greens following the closure.

Update (2022-1-25 4:20 p.m. PT): This article has been updated to include a statement released after the initial news.


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