Article by Jacquie Miller, Ottawa Sun
The Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensary on Bank Street that was raided by police on Thursday reopened Friday morning.
The shop was back in business by 10:30 a.m., according to two people working at nearby businesses on Bank Street near James Street.
The Cannabis Culture franchise first opened two weeks ago.
Police arrested five men at the shop Thursday morning and charged each of them with five counts of possessing a Schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking (marijuana, THC oil, THC shatter, hashish and CBD oil) and one count of possessing the proceeds of crime under $5,000.
The Ottawa raid was conducted at the same time as a project co-ordinated by Toronto police called Operation Gator that targeted Cannabis Culture outlets in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver. Police executed 11 search warrants on seven Cannabis Culture outlets as well as private homes as part of that project.
A spokesperson for Cannabis Culture said Thursday night that the raided shops would reopen as soon as possible.
In Ottawa, customers were heading back into the shop by 10:30 a.m.