Ottawa police are conducting major raids of marijuana dispensaries across the city.
On Friday morning, police officers, some dressed in black balaclavas, raided pot shops in at least five locations. It’s the first police action in Ottawa against the city’s 17 illegal pot shops. It’s not yet clear how many total pot shops are being raided.
Police raided CannaGreen on St. Joseph Boulevard; two Green Tree Medical Dispensary locations, one on Preston Street and the other on Montreal Road; and two Wee Medical Dispensary locations, one on Rideau Street and the other on St. Laurent Boulevard.
At least five police officers were at the Wee Medical Dispensary Society on Rideau just east of Nelson Street, next to the Somerset West Community Health Centre. Some officers were videotaping the scene, while others were loading cannabis cookies into plastic bags.
At least one employee, a female, was taken into custody in handcuffs.
Several customers inside the store were released by police.
Wee Medical is one of seven dispensaries that have been opened in Ottawa since July by a B.C.-based chain that also operates stores called Green Tree and CannaGreen. One of the CannaGreen outlets was closed earlier this week after the landlord evicted the dispensary. Ottawa police have sent letters to landlords of dispensaries warning them about the consequences of allowing illegal activity on their properties.