Article by Greg Mercer, Waterloo Region Record
Waterloo Regional Police used a search warrant to bust a prominent downtown marijuana dispensary Friday night, seizing significant quantities of pot and cash.
The raid at Green Tree Medical Dispensary on King Street came after an investigation that began last month into the region’s unlicensed marijuana dispensaries, which the police say are illegal operations — despite changing legislation on the horizon.
Four people, three women and a male employee, were arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. Officers loaded large bags of pot, hash, edible pot products and drinks into vehicles as they cleared out the downtown shop.
The arrests should have come as no surprise to the dispensary’s owners, police said. The region’s other pot retailers were not searched.
“The dispensaries were given multiple warnings to cease and desist,” said Cherri Greeno, spokesperson for the police.
“The sale of cannabis-marijuana is considered illegal unless they have a license from health Canada.”
The raid comes as federal pot legalization legislation looms this summer, but the police say for now these are illegal businesses. Police forces in other cities have also been busy conducting raids on similar dispensaries.