Article by Andrew Kurjata, CBC News
RCMP in Prince George have shut down a second downtown pot shop, as marijuana dispensaries jostle for position in the largest city in northern B.C.
RCMP accompanied city officials to inspect the stores. Neither shop had obtained a business licence and both had illegal drugs on the premises, according to police.
Prince George RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass said until new federal rules are in place, marijuana sales remain illegal in the city.
“If they don’t have permission to sell marijuana with a licence, then they’re illegal,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter who they’re selling to, that’s trafficking in a controlled substance.”
Canna Clinic opened in Prince George in late January and was shut down Feb.3.
The same day Canna Clinic closed, the B.C. chain WeeMedical opened a “Wellness Centre” a few blocks away.
The morning of Feb. 6, an employee who declined to be named told CBC a wellness center sells paraphernalia and connects medical users to mail order services but does not distribute drugs.
That afternoon, the shop was shut down.