Pubdate: Sat, 02 Sep 2017
Source: Truro Daily News (CN NS)
Copyright: 2017 The Daily News
Authors: Harry Sullivan and Cody McEachern
Page: A2


RCMP officers raided three medical marijuana dispensaries in Bible
Hill Friday afternoon.

Sgt. Duane Cooper told the Truro Daily News that search warrants were
executed at about 3 p.m. at Re-Leaf Medical Dispensary, 197 Pictou
Rd., Community Compassion Centre, 274 Pictou Rd., and at the Maritime
Medicinal Centre, 27 Main Street.

"As we speak we're still in the process of executing the search
warrants," said Cooper, who added the investigations are continuing
and more information would be forthcoming when those tasks are complete.

A volunteer for Maritime Medicinal, who wished to remain unnamed, was
present during the store's raid, and said the RCMP came in to look for
illegal contraband.

"Well they just came in and raided the place, trying to shut the place
down. They were looking for cannabis, cannabis resin and firearms,
which we have none of. We are completely on the level, and have
nothing illicit."

The store only deals in medicinal sales of marijuana he said, and is
very strict about following the law.

"We sell medicinal marijuana to medicinal marijuana patients that own
prescriptions only," he said.

"I am completely strict about that if anybody comes in on my watch.
I've been in there and a kid will come in and ask 'Do you guys

sell to anyone under 19,' and they tell them no, and tell them they
need a prescription."

Last week, RCMP Halifax District Street Crime Enforcement Unit staged
raids on homes and businesses from Windsor to Antigonish, which
resulted in 10 people being arrested and charged with 69 drug and
firearm offences.

Police seized 29 kilograms of marijuana, 10 kilograms of cannabis oil,
45 kilograms of cannabis edibles, seven kilograms of cannabis resin
(shatter), 600 grams of cannabis resin (hash) and more than $10,000 in
cash in last week's busts.

Police also raided five Tasty Budd's stores, saying the outlets
attempted to look like legitimate businesses - but weren't.

When asked if he believes the raids have anything to do with the
recent raids of Tasty Budd's locations in Lower Sackville, the
Maritime Medicinal volunteer said, "I feel like it, but I don't think

"I get that feeling, but we're not related to those people at all
here. We have nothing to do with them whatsoever. I have bad anxiety
myself, which is why I have my marijuanalicence, and I would not be
dealing with a place like this if I thought shady stuff was going on."

Marijuana is due to be legalized across the country next year, but
RCMP say the current laws will be stringently enforced in Nova Scotia
until then.

The volunteer, however, is not worried about enforcement.

"They always do this sort of thing," he said.

"It's the same old story, they come in and bust and raid and check
everything to make sure no one is doing anything they really shouldn't
be, but other than that, it'll probably be a slap on the wrist.

"I'm not scared of taking a slap on the wrist for the cause."
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