Article by David Irish, CBC News
A Halifax business shut down after a police raid on Friday has reopened its doors in the wake of drug charges against its employees, and is continuing to dispense medical and recreational marijuana.
Shirley Martineau, owner of Auntie’s Health and Wellness on Barrington Street, was arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana and two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Three other men working at the store are charged with possession of cannabis resin and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Speaking from her Dartmouth-area home, the 66 year old says she’s aware of the legal implications of restocking her store after Halifax police raided it.
But her business, she said, is filling a void left by a health care system that is difficult to navigate for people who want marijuana products.
“I have to make a stand. I have to fight for the cancer patients,” Martineau told CBC News on Saturday. “They have to go behind Walmart to buy their medicine? That doesn’t make sense to me.”