Trees dispensary opened April 1st, raided by police less than a week later.
One of two new medical cannabis dispensaries in Campbell River, opened just a week ago has been raided by the RCMP.
The raid occurred Wednesday afternoon.
“They just came and knocked on the door and showed me the warrant and said we’re here to raid you and you know what the process is and said yes I do, was very polite and very civil” said manager Ben Hinton in an interview with CHEK News.
Police had paid a courtesy call of sorts the day before advising Hinton that an investigation had been launched.
Police took everything but edible products.
“We had all our products right down here in some bins and and they took all the flower that was sitting right there. I had some flower up here in the displays, they took that. They just didn’t take anything that was in the cooler” said Hinton.
The RCMP said in a press release that money and equipment was also taken but declined a request for an interview.
The press release reads:
On April 6th at approximately 2:00 pm Campbell River RCMP street crime unit entered a business in the 1900 block of 14th Ave under the authority of a search warrant. The search warrant stemmed from a report of alleged illegal cannabis sales at a shop in Campbell River. Drugs believed to be marijuana, as well as cash and equipment were seized from the location during the execution of the search warrant.
Campbell River RCMP is continuing their investigation under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. At this time no charges have been laid. A thorough assessment of evidence will be completed and reported to Federal Crown Counsel for consideration of any charges says Cst. Sara Clark.
Campbell River RCMP would like to remind businesses and/or individuals operating in contravention of the CDSA and Health Canada regulations that they may be subject to investigation and criminal charges in accordance with Canadian laws.
WeeMedical is another dispensary that just opened, also without a business licence in Campbell River, although it does have one in Port Alberni.
After the raid at Trees, they are worried police will be knocking at their door next.
“Well that’s always a concern for sure because they’re taking medicine out of our client’s hands” said manager Joel Wilson.
He says if anyone thinks it’s just a pot shop they are clearly wrong.
“We have people coming up here in their wheelchairs, coming out of taxis, we have strollers coming in, the walkers, we’re having all different demographics of life coming in here for their medicine” said Wilson
He says Ottawa needs to enact clear legislation so places like WeeMedical and the people in it do not have to feel like criminals.