Two of Ottawa’s most popular pot shops have closed after Canada Post intercepted shipments of marijuana mailed to them from B.C.
Don Briere, the president of the B.C.-based Weeds Glass & Gifts chain, says he hopes his dispensaries on Bank Street and Montreal Road will reopen if he can figure out a way to ship the dried weed, cannabis-laced brownies, candy, concentrates and other merchandise across the country. Weeds buys the products from growers and “bakers” in B.C.
Briere said his company has been mailing marijuana products by express mail ever since he opened stores in Toronto a year-and-a-half ago. There has never been a problem with Canada Post before, he said.
“All of a sudden, they flagged us and they started seizing the packages.”
Federal politicians have warned that the marijuana dispensaries popping up across the country are operating illegally.
“I think the Liberal government, even though they were voted in to legalize cannabis, are encouraging law enforcement, saying, ‘The law is the law, ‘ ” said Briere in an interview from B.C.
Briere is now searching for a trucking firm willing to transport cannabis. He won’t hire criminals for the job, he said.