Banff police have shut down a shop that was illegally selling marijuana over the counter.
The shop’s nine employees were arrested Tuesday and charged with trafficking and possession for the purposes of trafficking.
Banff RCMP acting Supt. Stan Andronyk said it had become obvious that Canna Clinic, which opened last month at 229 Bear St., was selling the products in a retail setting.
“It’s illegal to do that,” he said. “We obtained a search warrant to go in and conduct an investigation and search for the drugs.”
Police recovered a substantial amount of marijuana and derivatives. Andronyk said he did not know the exact amount that was recovered and added the staff were co-operative and were all released.
“I’m not sure why they thought they could do it here,” said Andronyk. “The bottom line is it’s illegal.”
According to Canna Clinic’s website, it is “Canada’s leading provider of medical cannabis products and accessories”.
Their offices said they have no comment Wednesday.
Canna Clinic also operates shops in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. Police shut down one Canna Clinic shop in Toronto in June 2016.
Andronyk said even though a business may label itself a “dispensary,” there are no regulations in place that allow marijuana sales in a retail setting in Banff.