London Police Resume Raids on Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries

Article by Dale Carruthers, London Free Press

London police resume raids on illegal marijuana dispensaries More than a month after ignoring an offer from the province to close their doors and go legitimate, London's illegal pot shops were targeted in an OPP-led crackdown Thursday. DALE CARRUTHERS London police Const. Iain Downes leaves Healing Health, an illegal marijuana dispensary on Wonderland Road, after London police and the OPP raided the business on Thursday. (DALE CARRUTHERS, The London Free Press) Const. Jon Dechene stands outside the London Relief Centre, an illegal marijuana dispensary on Richmond Street, after London police and the OPP raided the downtown shop on Thursda. (DALE CARRUTHERS, The London Free Press)

More than a month after ignoring an offer from the province to close their doors and go legitimate, London’s illegal pot shops were targeted in an OPP-led crackdown Thursday.
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The OPP and London police launched co-ordinated raids on at least two London marijuana dispensaries shortly before 11:30 a.m.
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Undercover officers swooped in on the London Relief Centre at 691 Richmond St. and Healing Health at 490 Wonderland Rd., seizing bags of dried marijuana, cannabis-infused edibles, documents and other evidence from the black market businesses.
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Although both dispensaries have been raided in the past — only to reopen days later — Thursday’s crackdown marks the first time police have taken action against the illegal businesses since Canada legalized recreational cannabis on Oct. 17.
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Adults in Ontario can legally buy marijuana only from the government-run Ontario Cannabis Store (OSC) delivery service until private bricks-and-mortar stores open in April.

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