Article by Steph Crosier, Kingston Whig-Standard
A downtown marijuana dispensary that opened earlier this week was raided by Kingston Police on Thursday night.
Sgt. Brad Brooker of the police’s street crime unit said the investigation into Canna Green started on Thursday and a Controlled Substances Act search warrant was executed at approximately 9:30 p.m.
Six employees were arrested at the scene: four currently live in Kingston and two hail from Ottawa. All are facing charges from police. Three customers filling out paperwork in the store were also present when the unit arrived, but were released.
Brooker said a large amount of marijuana, consumables, paraphernalia, edibles and $3,500 in cash were all seized from the 342 Princess St. location. Five street crime officers were involved in the raid and they were supported by the patrol unit. Officers were in the store until about 2 a.m. collecting evidence and exhibits. On Friday morning, members of the media were invited to view the seized items and cash.
“A lot of the jars were labelled with different strains of what was allegedly marijuana and were displayed within a glass case and appeared to be for sale,” Brooker said. “A lot of the items here are edibles: this rice crispy square, which would contain THC. There were quite a few drinks, they’re labelled to contain THC.
“What I found significant was that at the front [of the store] was a small amount of shatter. Shatter is a very potent form of THC that has to be, basically, homemade through a process of pouring butane through marijuana and cooking it. The residual is very potent THC.”