Illegal Dispensaries Continue To Be Raided Despite Looming Legalization


Anyone who might have thought that storefront marijuana sellers would get a pass due to the legalization of marijuana that is set to enact next July, would have been wrong. Although the federal government sees marijuana as being long overdue for legalization, local police continue their war on marijuana as if their jobs depended on it. The take down of a Cape Breton dispensary called Nova Budds shows the war on drugs is still in full effect in Canada.

Not much information has been released on this recent bust. One 34-year-old man is behind bars on charges of suspected drug trafficking while several others, most likely employees, were let go without being charged. While the dispensary owners know that they are operating in violation of the law, the time, money and effort put forth by police to shutter these illicit operations, could most certainly be best spent elsewhere.

The Toronto Police demonstrated this most recently with their Operation Claudiawhose sweep of 43 dispensaries, most notably several Cannabis Culture resulted in 90 arrests. The sweep was nothing more than a brute show of force, with the prosecutors dropping charges against more than 100 people involved in the numerous raided facilities. With the courts having already set precedent acknowledging the existence of these illegal dispensaries and having concluded that they are still responsible for taxes, it is becoming harder and harder to make trafficking and racketeering charges stick. In the case of Nova Budds, authorities justified the raid claiming that they were supplying products “that are unregulated and may be unsafe.”

August 4, 2017

by Davie Dabbs aka Popeye

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Davie is a long time cannabis professional who has worked not only as a cultivator but in all aspects of retail cannabis. From budtender, to wholesale and retail management, and from harvester to advanced hydroponic specialist, Davie has been around the block more than once. Now residing in beautiful British Columbia, Davie now works with acres of greenhouses, producing some of the best buds in the country.


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    Anyone who might have thought that storefront marijuana sellers would get a pass due to the legalization of marijuana that is set to enact next July, would have been deluding themselves and ignoring all messaging to the contrary.

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