Ottawa police raided two more marijuana dispensaries Tuesday, this time targeting a locally owned chain that was the first to open shop in town.
Police executed search warrants at the Magna Terra Health Services dispensaries on Carling Avenue and on Iber Road in Stittsville.
They carted away bags of dried weed, edible cannabis products and oils. No information had been released on arrests by early evening.
It was the 13th raid on a dispensary in Ottawa since last November.
Police have warned that the shops are operating illegally and drug laws against trafficking are still on the books. Dispensaries have been opening across the country in advance of the federal government’s promise to introduce legislation this spring to legalize recreational pot.
The Magna Terra on Carling opened in November 2015, the first of what would be a smattering of shops in Ottawa.
The original name was Ottawa Medical Dispensary, or OMD, but the business partnership disintegrated and the dispensary was rebranded Magna Terra. The second location in Stittsville opened in late summer 2016.