Article by Dale Carruthers, London Free Press
Local police have raided an illegal marijuana shop in London, just days before regulated cannabis retail outlets are set to open across Ontario.
The OPP and London police raided the Wellington Wellness Collective at 219 Wellington St. on Thursday, seizing $2,200 worth of cannabis products and $100 in cash, the OPP said.
The Free Press viewed surveillance footage from a nearby business showing five uniformed officers approaching the single-storey building, one block south of Horton Street, shortly after 1 p.m.
One of the officers is holding a battering ram, a police tool used to break down doors, while another carried a crowbar. A London police cruiser can be seen driving the wrong way on Wellington as it pulls up to the store.
A London woman, 32, is charged with possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling and disobeying a court order.
The woman was previously charged with three counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking following a March 2, 2017, raid on the Tasty Budd’s dispensary on Wharncliffe Road.
The charges were later withdrawn through a peace bond, a non-plea order requiring the person to be on good behaviour for a set period of time.