Article by Dave Dormer, CBC News
Police arrested nine people at the Canna Clinic in Banff on Tuesday and seized “a substantial amount of marijuana” following complaints of illegal drug sales at the newly opened Bear Street Mall store.
All nine were employees or associated with the business, said Cpl. Curtis Peters.
“As I understand it, it was set up in such a way that people were able to see [the marijuana],” he said.
“They certainly weren’t hiding it, it wasn’t done covertly. It was basically a retail place to come purchase marijuana.”
This was the first storefront operation of non-medicinal marijuana sales Peters has heard of in Alberta since the federal government announced plans to legalize recreational sale and use of the drug later this spring.
“At the end of the day, we’ve all heard the legalization of marijuana is coming, but that hasn’t happened yet,” he said.
Along with the marijuana, officers also seized a marijuana concentrate commonly known as shatter.