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On Reserves? First Nation’s Pot Dispensary in London, ON, Closed by Police

On Reserves? First Nation’s Pot Dispensary in London, ON, Closed by Police

Dina Al-Shibeeb
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On what is considered to be a First Nation reserve, the Canadian police shut down a pot dispensary in London, Ontario.

The London Free Press reported that the dispensary was closed “mysteriously” during business hours on Tuesday after heavy police presence.

The unsanctioned marijuana dispensary, Wild Bear, was located at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, a reserve of land, where the police require a permission from a judicial officer to enter or carry a warrant.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cruisers were seen around the trailer that houses Wild Bear. However, an OPP spokesperson didn’t confirm if it was a raid.

Selling marijuana to those older than 19 in age, Wild Bears’ jars were emptied of its marijuana content, the London Free Press reported. 

Chief’s Warning

A week before the incident, Chippewas Chief Myeengun Henry signed a letter, warning residents that the possession and sale of non-medical marijuana continues to be illegal in Canada.

In a letter dated March 19th, Henry said: “Anyone caught dispensing cannabis and/or any of its byproducts within the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation outside the current legislative regulations (law) does so at the risk of being subjected to enforcement by the Chippewas of the Thames Police.”

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“We ask respectfully that compliance of this notice be honoured by band members, residents and visitors.”

However, Red Eagle, another dispensary – not clear if it is legal or not – at the Thames First Nation, remained open Tuesday.

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