Essex Pot Store Vows to Reopen After Friday Raid by OPP Officers

Article by Doug Schmidt, Windsor Star

Essex pot store vows to reopen after Friday raid by OPP officers DOUG SCHMIDT, WINDSOR STAR Hemp Healthy Farmacy in downtown Essex, shown July 7, 2018, was raided by Ontario Provincial Police the day before and shut down. The police investigation continues. NICK BRANCACCIO / WINDSOR STAR

The owner of a downtown Essex pot-selling business raided by police on Friday vowed on Saturday to reopen within days.

“At certain times, people break the law when they feel the system is not right — we are people fighting to make it right,” the owner of Hemp Health Farmacy told the Star. Having faced criminal charges in the past — and possibly soon again — he asked that his name not be made public.

As drug busts go, the raid along the town’s main commercial strip on Friday by a large number of officers with the OPP’s organized crime enforcement bureau and its community street crime unit was a rather polite affair.

“They were friendly and pretty courteous — they seemed to not want to be there,” said Scott Fletcher, one of the employees at Hemp Health Farmacy who was helping customers when “about eight officers or more” entered the small retail business.

Advising employees they were acting on a tip from the public that pot was being sold on the premises, the officers executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at about 10:30 a.m., shortly after the marijuana dispensary had opened its doors for the day. According to an Ontario Provincial Police news release, “a quantity of cannabis marijuana was seized and charges are anticipated.”

Police are warning budding entrepreneurs that it’s still not legal to sell or even consume recreational marijuana in Canada.

“We tried to get a jump on it — a little early, I guess,” said Fletcher. In less than a month of operating out of retail space next to a bank and a fabric store, he said word of mouth had drawn over 1,000 customers to the business set up to sell pot to anyone over 19.

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