Article by Dale Carruthers, The London Free Press
Its franchise owner calling charges against him “bogus,” a London pot shop raided by police twice since the summer has reopened — again.
The open defiance by raided marijuana dispensaries like the one in London and others across Canada only underlines how enforcing Canada’s existing pot laws — the Liberal government has vowed to relax them — isn’t working, one industry observer says.
Though the neon “Open” sign was removed from the window of Tasty Budd’s, the Wharncliffe Road dispensary was serving customers Thursday, two weeks after police conducted a massive crackdown on illegal pot shops across the city.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for the owner of the Halifax-based franchise, Mal McMeekin, one of eight people charged with drug trafficking following the March 2 raids.
McMeekin, who lives in Cole Harbour, N.S., told The Free Press he’s aware police have a warrant out for his arrest.
“It’s a bogus warrant. I wasn’t even in the province or anything,” said McMeekin, 34, referring other questions to his lawyer.