One of Ottawa’s 17 illegal pot shops has been forcibly closed, but not by the drug squad.
A bailiff arrived at the CannaGreen dispensary on Roydon Place Wednesday afternoon to enforce an eviction order. The shop had continued operating after an eviction notice was posted on the door Tuesday and the locks were changed.
Ottawa police were on hand to help bailiff Doug Specht. A man inside the store was led out in handcuffs. Police said a man was arrested for trespassing, but no charges have been laid.
The landlord had been trying to evict CannaGreen for weeks, after neighbouring businesses in the strip mall near Merivale and Hunt Club roads complained about the smell wafting from the pot shop and the customers it attracted. The landlord said he had no idea the “medical dispensary” specified in the lease would be selling marijuana. The lease contains a clause prohibiting illegal activities.
For three weeks the shop had been selling dried weed and cannabis-laced cookies, candy and pop through a crude window carved into the plywood that covers the front of the building, which was demolished after a truck drove through it. City bylaw officers were supposed to be investigating whether the operation violated the building code. But the bailiff got there first.