Both police and municipal inspectors are investigating the CannaLeaf marijuana store in downtown St. John’s, which is operating in alleged contravention to city and criminal laws.
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-NL) is investigating two stores, and police officers visited the CannaLeaf on Monday night, Supt. Marlene Jesso, the officer in charge of the unit, told reporters on Tuesday.
Jesso said marijuana stores are unambiguously illegal under current Canadian law.
“The public should understand that under Health Canada regulations, storefront dispensaries are illegal,” she said.
“Whether they are for medical purposes or for recreational, they are illegal.”
Jesso said the investigation into two downtown dispensaries is “a priority,” but would not give a timeline for police action.