Article by Michael Potestio, Merritt Herald
Police tape adorns the door to Merritt’s first medical marijuana dispensary, and one person has been arrested with charges to be recommended against him.
Just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 6) members of the Merritt RCMP’s general investigation section executed a warrant at the Merritt Compassion Society on Quilchena Avenue, seizing a yet to be determined amount of dried marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.
Const. Tracy Dunsmore said officers were on scene into the evening, seizing and documenting the contents of the store.
“Each community is different. Vancouver operates differently with their own bylaws, so within our city, this is how we’ve chosen to deal with this. Until [new] laws come into place within Canada this is an illegal building and we’ll have to deal with it.” – Const. Tracy Dunsmore
A 25-year-old male from Kamloops, whom was the only employee in the building at the time, was arrested. Charges of possession for the purposes of trafficking are being recommended to Crown counsel against him but no charges have been officially laid at this time.
RCMP Sgt. Norm Flemming told the Herald that police must prove a person had knowledge and consent of the dispensary’s operations when it comes to charging any other individuals.