Article by Lukas Wall, CBC News
The owner of what police are calling an illegal marijuana dispensary in St. John’s says police searched his store without a warrant and insists he isn’t doing anything wrong.
Tony Ali owns The Healing Tree in downtown St. John’s, which was raided by police Wednesday evening.
Officers with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit Newfoundland and Labrador (CFSEU-NL) and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said they executed a search warrant and seized “a large amount” of marijuana products and some cash.
Ali said he’s not surprised police searched his store.
“We were anticipating this, but we didn’t think it was going to come so harsh,” he said.
“We were aware of the constabulary in Newfoundland and the mindset of the people being of a conservative manner, we wanted to actually just offer the community there CBD products, which means they have no psychoactive ingredents.”
He said the products still have therapeutic value without falling under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, however CBD (cannabidiol) products are considered illegal Schedule II drugs in Canada.