Article written by Jacquie Miller for Ottawa Citizen.
Two Canadian marijuana dispensary chains have moved into Ottawa, opening three stores and planning more. Stittsville is also about to get a marijuana dispensary, which will bring to six the number of store-front businesses illegally selling marijuana in Ottawa.
The newest shop, Green Tree Medical Dispensary, opened on Montreal Road on Sunday with a selection of dried buds, cookies, candy and marijuana-infused drinks on display in a glass case.
The Ottawa stores all cater to medical marijuana patients. Medical marijuana is legal in Canada, but only for patients with a doctor’s prescription who purchase it from growers licensed by Health Canada, who send the medicine by registered mail.
Ottawa police said they are aware of the dispensaries. But they aren’t saying what, if anything, they will do about them. “We are aware of their locations and we are looking into the matter,” said spokesman Const. Chuck Benoit. “We can’t get into any details of possible ongoing investigations.”