Ottawa police raided at least six marijuana dispensaries across the city in a co-ordinated operation on Friday morning.
The raids appeared to be targeted. The locations are all part of a B.C.-based chain that began opening dispensaries in town this summer under the names Green Tree, WeeMedical and CannaGreen.
Police raided CannaGreen on St. Joseph Boulevard; three Green Tree Medical Dispensary locations, one on Preston Street, one on Montreal Road and one on Bank Street; and two WeeMedical Dispensary locations on Rideau Street and on St. Laurent Boulevard.
Police have been investigating the dispensaries for months. They also sent letters to the landlords of dispensaries, warning that action could be taken if illegal activities continued. One landlord evicted a CannaGreen shop on Roydon Place earlier this week.
At least five police officers were at the Wee Medical Dispensary Society on Rideau just east of Nelson Street, next to the Somerset West Community Health Centre.
Police videotaped the scene inside the store, put the cannabis cookies and brownies into plastic bags, and carted everything away by 12:20 p.m. At least one female employee was taken into custody in handcuffs.
At least three customers who were inside the store were questioned and released by police.