Article by Hala Ghonaim, CBC News
Four of six pot dispensaries are back in business after London Police raided and shut down the shops in several crackdowns since the spring.
Last week, police raided the London Relief Centre in the downtown core, arresting five people and seizing about $50,000 worth of marijuana products. It reopened on Tuesday.
A coordinated police raid in March saw the closure of five pot dispensaries across the city – three of which are operating today.
Ian Dawkins, president of the Cannabis Association of Canada, said London Police are wasting their time and resources shutting down pot shops that are only going to reopen and increase in number across the city.
“We as a society are evolving and realizing that there are better ways to tackle these problems,” he said.
“The best thing law enforcement could do right now is to start getting ready for the future. If they’re having this black and white, shut them down attitude, right now then how are they going to be ready for day one of actual legalization?”
Ontario announced a plan to sell marijuana online and in 40 stand-alone LCBO shops when the federal government legalizes recreational pot use on July 1, 2018.
Raided and reopened
- Tasty Budd’s – 96 Wharncliffe Road South
- Healing Health Compassion – 490 Wonderland Road South
- Healing Health Compassion -1472 Dundas Street
- The London Relief Centre – 691 Richmond Street.
Raided and closed
- The Chronic Hub – 119 Dundas Street
- Herbal Alternatives – 737 Hamilton Road