Port Alberni RCMP arrested four Port Alberni residents at the Port Alberni Cannabis Club on Bute Street on Thursday, Sept. 22. This is the second search warrant the RCMP have executed at a marijuana dispensary in Port Alberni this month. West Side Alternatives on Athol Street was raided by RCMP on Sept. 16.
Five individuals were charged and are awaiting their December trial date.
On Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m., members of the Port Alberni RCMP General Investigation Section entered The Cannabis Club under the authority of a search warrant issued by a provincial court judge. According to City of Port Alberni planner Scott Smith, the dispensary didn’t have a licence.
Port Alberni became the second city in Canada to regulate storefront marijuana dispensaries earlier this year.
Over the past three months Port Alberni police received numerous complaints related to incidents of drug trafficking and disturbances occuring at the Cannabis Club marijuana dispensary located at 4824 Bute St., according to an RCMP press release.
The RCMP launched an investigation into the activities at the dispensary.
Police observed people from the establishment openly selling drugs to motorists on the street in front of the building.