Nepean Pot Shop Case Highlights Hazy Enforcement Rules for Police

Article by Judy Trinh, CBC News

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A knife point robbery didn’t do it. Neither did a truck crashing through the store’s front window. Nothing seemed to be able to shut down CannaGreen, a marijuana dispensary in a Nepean strip mall this summer, until the owner of the building slapped an eviction notice on the front of the store.

But even then the bailiff hired to enforce the order said the pot shop opened again and continued selling.

And that’s when Ottawa police came on Wednesday to help the bailiff enforce the eviction and arrested a man for trespassing.

Ottawa police have said they are hesitant to enforce trafficking charges against dispensaries, given the fact that they could be thrown out of court once federal legislation comes into effect.

But the CannaGreen situation may provide the blueprint for how neighbourhoods and police deal with the proliferation of unregulated pot dispensaries that have popped up in the capital after the federal government signaled its intent to legalize marijuana: where the criminal laws are murky, municipal bylaws and provincial regulations can be used to shut stores down.

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