Article by Katie Derosa, Times Colonist
It took one day for West Shore RCMP to shut down a newly-opened Langford marijuana dispensary, with the municipality’s mayor saying illegal pot shops will not be tolerated.
The Green Tree marijuana dispensary opened Monday on Granderson Road, steps from West Shore RCMP headquarters and blocks from David Cameron Elementary and Savory Elementary schools.
West Shore RCMP said officers conducted a compliance check on Tuesday and observed “evidence of possible offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.”
Marijuana was seized but the detachment did not say how much.
West Shore RCMP said it’s illegal for medicinal marijuana dispensaries or compassion clubs to sell marijuana to the public, regardless of whether customers have medical licences to possess marijuana or the vendor has a licence to produce.
“Businesses and/or individuals operating in contravention of the CDSA and Health Canada regulations may be subject to investigation and criminal charges in accordance with Canadian laws,” said West Shore RCMP spokesman Const. Alex Bérubé.
No criminal charges were announced and the RCMP said it is continuing to investigate.