Article by Natasha Pace, Global News
Auntie’s Health and Wellness Centre in downtown Halifax was once again open for business Monday, just days after being raided by police.
On Friday, owner Shirley Martineau and three of her employees were arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking cannabis resin.
Martineau, 66, is also facing an additional charge of cultivation of marijuana.
“I don’t feel like I’m a dealer,” Martineau said during an interview with Global News on Monday.
“I think they should be out getting the fentanyl people and the people that are dying on fentanyl. No one’s ever died on cannabis.”
Martineau’s storefront opened in July. At that time, she required all customers to have a doctor’s prescription in order to purchase marijuana products. Two weeks ago, that changed and she opened her doors to anyone over the age of 19.