‘Budtender’ Speaks Out After Arrest During Ottawa Pot Shop Raids

Article by Robyn Miller and Chloé Fedio, CBC News


Tessa Giberson made $12 an hour working at Green Tree Medical Dispensary on Preston Street — but said she’s now on the hook for the array of products in the store and all the cash on the property after police raided the business on Friday.

“It’s absolutely terrifying. I was never, ever in my life planning on going to jail,” she said.

The 21-year-old self-described “budtender” said she started working at the store because she thought it fell in a legal grey zone as federal legislation to legalize marijuana is expected by spring of 2017.

“In terms of the structure of everything, I’m the lowest of the low,” Giberson said. “I’m on the very bottom of the totem pole so I thought odds are I’m probably not going to be affected at all by any sort of law enforcement on it.”

But on Friday morning, she was arrested and charged with five counts of possession of an illegal substance for the purposes of trafficking and one count of possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.

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