Marijuana Dispensary Owner’s Refusal to Quit Shows Pot Law Enforcement Isn’t Working, Says Expert

Article by Dale Carruthers, The London Free Press

Mal McMeekin The Tasty Bud's marijuana dispensary owner’s refusal to quit shows pot law enforcement isn’t working, says expert

Its franchise owner calling charges against him “bogus,” a London pot shop raided by police twice since the summer has reopened — again.

The open defiance by raided marijuana dispensaries like the one in London and others across Canada only underlines how enforcing Canada’s existing pot laws — the Liberal government has vowed to relax them — isn’t working, one industry observer says.

Though the neon “Open” sign was removed from the window of Tasty Budd’s, the Wharncliffe Road dispensary was serving customers Thursday, two weeks after police conducted a massive crackdown on illegal pot shops across the city.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for the owner of the Halifax-based franchise, Mal McMeekin, one of eight people charged with drug trafficking following the March 2 raids.

McMeekin, who lives in Cole Harbour, N.S., told The Free Press he’s aware police have a warrant out for his arrest.

“It’s a bogus warrant. I wasn’t even in the province or anything,” said McMeekin, 34, referring other questions to his lawyer.

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For the full list of dispensary raids since Trudeau took office, click here.

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