Crackdown on Cannabis Dispensaries After Oct. 17 Will Be a ‘Process,’ Say Police

Article by Angela MacIvor, CBC News

Crackdown on cannabis dispensaries after Oct. 17 will be a 'process,' say police Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn 'There is certainly some persistence on these criminals to continue the illegal operation' Angela MacIvor · CBC News Halifax Regional Police says there will be no same-day crackdown on marijuana dispensaries once recreation cannabis becomes legal. (Brian MacKay/CBC)

When recreational cannabis becomes legal on Oct. 17, don’t expect a same-day crackdown on Halifax dispensaries.

Supt. Jim Perrin of the Halifax Regional Police said his department has a “myriad of demands” and history has shown just how persistent some dispensary operators can be.

“The challenge for us continues to be a reasonable use of resources,” he said.

“And to do a crackdown on every dispensary on Oct. 17… what about Oct. 18? What about Oct. 19? So I mean obviously we’ve seen it’s a process.”

Halifax police have investigated 15 illegal cannabis storefronts over the last two years.

Temporary closures

There are about 24 dispensaries operating in the city, and Perrin doesn’t expect them to go away quietly. He said on some occasions, dispensaries have reopened hours after being raided.

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