Nanaimo RCMP confirm they have raided three marijuana shops.
Travis Lane, general manager of Trees dispensary says his location, along with the Phoenix Pain Management Society and Natures Source Society all had search warrants executed on them by police.
“They went in this morning a little after 10 o’clock, executing search warrants. They arrested our three employees that were on site. I’m not sure what else has happened there- our lawyer is speaking with the police. I don’t know if there’s charges, I don’t know what the warrant details were.”
The Phoenix Society also took to Facebook today to announce the raids, adding that two of their customers had been arrested.
The battle between Mounties and Nanaimo’s marijuana dispensaries began months ago, after the RCMP fielded complaints.
In one case, a woman apparently called police after her 15-year-old grandchild was able to purchase pot.
That’s something Lane disputes, saying his dispensary has been careful to follow the rules.
“We’re very, very stringent about everything. We know this is a complaints driven process. Until this product is removed from the [controlled drugs and substances act] cops can come in and arrest people for it. So we go very very far. So everyone needs to show their ID card and their membership card to even be logged in to our point of sale.”
He also says he doesn’t understand why police are raiding him now, when the federal government has committed to legalizing marijuana.
Last month, RCMP gave the illegal storefronts a week to shut down.
But in a statement, Superintendent Mark Fisher says the force executed search warrants at three locations today.
No other details were given, and the Mounties aren’t answering any questions about the matter, saying the investigation is still underway.