Article by Alistair Taylor, Campbell River Mirror
Police raided a cannabis dispensary on Wednesday, one of two that opened in Campbell River only last week.
Trees Dispensary on 14th Avenue was raided at 2 p.m. April 6 and Mounties seized all money, cannabis flower and cannabis extracts on site. Campbell River Trees branch manager Ben Hinton was detained and released without charge later in the afternoon.
“We were a bit surprised with the rapidity with which the RCMP obtained a search warrant,” said Trees Dispensary spokesperson Alex Robb. “It was a bit fast.”
Campbell River RCMP said the search warrant stemmed from a report of alleged illegal cannabis sales at a shop in Campbell River. Drugs believed to be marijuana, as well as cash and equipment were seized from the location during the execution of the search warrant.
“Campbell River RCMP is continuing their investigation under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA). At this time no charges have been laid. A thorough assessment of evidence will be completed and reported to Federal Crown Counsel for consideration of any charges,” said Const. Sara Clark. “Campbell River RCMP would like to remind businesses and/or individuals operating in contravention of the CDSA and Health Canada regulations that they may be subject to investigation and criminal charges in accordance with Canadian laws.
“At this time the investigation remains ongoing and we will not be providing further comment.”
The dispensary is one of two that opened last week in Campbell River. WeeMedical opened its doors last Friday in a storefront on 13th Avenue.
Campbell River is the newest frontier in medical marijuana dispensaries in British Columbia. Both Trees and WeeMedical have been expanding on Vancouver Island in anticipation of changing legislation on the sale of medical marijuana products. Dispensaries are positioning themselves in markets in anticipation of new federal laws.