RCMP Raid Two Pot Shops, Seize Product and Issue Tickets on Vancouver Island
PORT ALBERNI, B.C. — RCMP raided two illicit marijuana dispensaries on Vancouver Island shortly after cannabis became legal on Wednesday.
Mounties in Port Alberni, B.C., say both stores were open and operating without the required provincial licenses.
An RCMP statement says officers seized an undisclosed amount of cannabis and weed products from both locations and issued the owners violation tickets for the unlawful sale of marijuana.
Under new legislation and regulations that came into effect Wednesday, cannabis is to be sold exclusively at government-run stores, licensed private retailers and the B.C. government’s online store.
However, the province only has one licensed location at this point, a government-run store in Kamloops in B.C.’s Interior.
Earlier this week, Vancouver Chief Const. Adam Palmer, who is also president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, said raids of unlicensed pot shops on Day 1 of legalization were “highly unlikely.”
The Canadian Press