Ottawa’s Weeds Marijuana Store on Bank Street Closed Indefinitely After Raid

Article by Jacquie Miller, Ottawa Sun

Weeds marijuana store on Bank Street closed indefinitely after raid

The Weeds marijuana dispensary on Bank Street downtown will remain closed indefinitely after a police raid Tuesday, says manager Kristina Simpson.

Simpson was out running errands when police arrived around 1 p.m., she said. Two female employees were arrested and spent most of the night in the police station. Simpson didn’t have details about charges.

Police removed all the dried weed, oils, edibles and other cannabis products from the store, which opened in June 2016.

The corporate website for Weeds Glass & Gifts, which is a B.C.-based chain, posted a notice asking people to complain to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson about the raid.

“We need your support to show taxpayers will not support the misuse of public funds to restrict patient access to cannabis, while more serious crimes could be attended to,” says the notice. “As always, we urge you to make your voice heard. Please call the office of Mayor Jim Watson, and firmly express that you do not support these raids and the persecution of innocent employees.”

Weeds is owned by B.C. pot entrepreneur Don Briere, who has waged a three-decade long fight for the legalization of marijuana. He once operated a massive grow-op network in B.C. and has been jailed three times on drug charges. Briere has said he pays taxes and wants to run a legitimate business. The federal government has promised to legalize recreational marijuana, but it could be a couple of years before the rules are in place.

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