An illegal cannabis dispensary that popped up in a downtown Barrie plaza was shut down by police today.
The Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team, which includes Barrie police, raided the storefront operation at 153 Dunlop St. E. July 31.
The nondescript store in the Hooters plaza east of Mulcaster Street has only been in operation for less than a week.
A notice, scrawled in black magic marker on the wall over a button, says push and pull handle.
Simcoe. com arrived at the dispensary at about 2 p.m. with the intention of speaking with the operators but was met with two police officers standing guard.
Barrie police spokesperson Peter Leon said it’s the first time an illegal cannabis dispensary has been shut down in the city.
The provincial cannabis enforcement team is expected to release more information in the next few days.
The OPP-led Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET) was created to dismantle organized crime and illegal cannabis trafficking following the legalization of recreational cannabis last year.
The Dunlop Street dispensary appeared to be doing brisk business July 30. A simcoe.com reporter counted 12 customers entering the dispensary between 2:10 and 2:40 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.