DURHAM — Four people are facing criminal charges after Durham police raids at storefront marijuana dispensaries in Oshawa and Whitby on Friday.
The crackdown came after a warning was issued to the operations — two are in Oshawa, one in Whitby — that they were contravening the law by selling marijuana without authorization, police said in a media release Sept. 16.
An investigation was begun in June after complaints from citizens and businesses near the dispensaries, police said.
That led authorities to send letters to the dispensaries in late August, warning them that as they are not licensed producers, they are operating outside regulations governing medical marijuana, police said.
At least one dispensary, Emerald Triangle on Simcoe Street North in Oshawa, briefly complied with the ultimatum, ceasing operations Sept. 7. But within days, the shop re-opened.
On Sept. 16, Durham police executed search warrants at Emerald Triangle, as well as at 420 Compassion Club on Simcoe Street South, and Green Street Medical Society on Dunlop Street in Whitby. Four people, whose names were not released, were charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.