Written by Oliver Berg for the Montreal Gazette.
A Quebec City store selling cannabis was the target of a raid by the Quebec City Police Thursday, during which six people were arrested.
The narcotics unit of the SPVQ and its patrollers intervened at Weeds Herbes et Curiosités on St-Joseph St. W. in the Lower Town of Quebec City.
The business, which describes itself as a “medical marijuana dispensary,” reportedly sold cannabis muffins and sweets, without attempting to hide them.
While the store had a retail licence in Quebec City, it did not have Health Canada’s approval for the sale of medical marijuana, the SPVQ said. The store opened its doors in June.
The sale of cannabis is illegal, according to the Criminal Code, except for medical purposes and to specific people, when duly authorized by Health Canada.
Moreover, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is committed to introducing a bill in 2017 to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
The six arrested individuals involved in the business were released, pending their appearance at the Quebec City courthouse, where their trial date is not yet known. They are accused of drug trafficking and possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.