A Waiting Game: Undaunted Saint John Pot Shops Reopen After Raids

Article by Matthew Bingley, CBC News

King Cana and HBB Medical Inc. have now reopened, despite possibility police will come back

It’s been more than three weeks since police raided six Saint John stores selling marijuana. Since then two have reopened and remained open in the face of further police action.

Saint John Police executed search warrants on Jan. 24, seizing marijuana products and money from all six stores. Twelve people were arrested and charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

When the dust settled and the keys were given back to the owners of those stores, two decided to reopen.

King Cana on Germain Street only waited a few days before getting back in action. HBB Medical Inc. managed to kick-start its business on Feb. 4, but only at one of its two raided locations.

Sitting in the front entrance of his Chesley Drive store, HBB executive manager Bowe Merchant greeted a steady stream of clients Wednesday morning.

Merchant is aware the store’s reopening could bring police down on him, but he said he’s still trying to be respectful of the law.

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