Handful of Marijuana Dispensaries Back in Business, Days After Police Raids

Article by Jacquie Miller, Ottawa Citizen

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A stream of new customers dropped into the Weeds Glass & Gifts store on Bank Street Monday to purchase dried weed, cannabis cookies, brownies and oils.

They flashed membership cards from the seven Ottawa marijuana dispensaries closed in police raids last week, said Weeds manager Kristina Simpson.

The customers were politely turned away unless they could prove they need marijuana for medical reasons, said Simpson.

Police investigators found the seven raided shops did not restrict their sales to medical patients, said Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau. He said he hopes the raids send a warning to all dispensaries.

That message had not prompted any changes by Monday morning, when a handful of the city’s remaining pot shops were open for business, including Magna Terra on Carling Avenue, the Ottawa Medical Dispensary on Antares Drive, Sylk Medy on Gladstone Avenue and the Bank Street Weeds shop. (Three of the city’s dispensaries are temporarily closed for other reasons — two were robbed at gunpoint and a third was hamstrung after its marijuana shipments from B.C. were seized by Canada Post.)

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