A businessperson whose London pot shop was raided by police days after opening is digging in for another battle with authorities.
Police swooped down on Tasty Budd’s medical marijuana dispensary on Whancliffe Road Wednesday, seizing its inventory and arresting two men. The store had opened only six days earlier.
Mal McMeekin, founder of the Tasty Budd’s franchise, which opened in defiance of the law, is thumbing his nose at police, again.
“The plan is to reopen, for sure,” McMeekin said from Halifax. “I feel that it’s an unnecessary use of taxpayers’ money to raid something where we’re just helping people.”
McMeekin and business partner Tim Balogh didn’t consult London police before opening the shop last Friday.
It sells marijuana, hash oil and cannabis-infused edibles to medicinal marijuana users.
Though an estimated 350 pot dispensaries operate across Canada, they’re illegal — despite the Liberal government’s pledge to liberalize Canada’s pot laws — under a federal law that limits the sale of marijuana to a few dozen producers approved by Ottawa.
Dispensary operators argue they provide a needed service for people who use marijuana for medical reasons.