Article by Rafferty Baker, CBC News
Vancouver police are hoping that by releasing the surveillance video from a violent robbery at a cannabis dispensary in November, they may get some tips from the public.
The case highlights the unusual relationship between police and the semi-legal dispensaries on the eve of cannabis legalization in Canada.
The incident happened Nov. 4, 2017, at the Weeds Glass and Gifts store on Victoria Drive near East Fourth Avenue. In the video, a man can be seen entering the store, which has since closed.
The suspect suddenly leaps onto the counter, violently shoves a staff member and lunges for the jars of cannabis on the shelf against the wall.
He knocks a bunch of merchandise onto the ground, as he struggles to gather some of it. The man quickly begins his escape, knocking over another staff member returning from lunch outside the store.
“We have no reason to believe anyone is running around targeting any type of retailer at this point. This is an unfortunate incident and we’re working to solve it,” said VPD Const. Jason Doucette on Wednesday.
“VPD detectives have exhausted any leads to identify this man,” said Doucette, adding that releasing the high quality surveillance footage should help their investigation.