Pot Shop Shut Down
Prince George, B.C. – Mounties have shuttered an illegal marijuana storefront business in Prince George.
It was in the 700 block of Fourth Avenue and police allege the business was operating without a license.
Police note marijuana is currently regulated as a controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs Substances Act which they say prohibits the importation, exportation, trafficking, cultivation/production, and possession of it or its derivatives.
“There is no legal mechanism in Canada which allows for medicinal marijuana dispensaries or compassion clubs to sell marijuana to the public, regardless of whether or not the purchaser has a licence to possess marijuana, or whether or not the vendor has a licence to produce marijuana,” says North District RCMP Cpl. Madonna Saunderson.
Prince George RCMP Supt. Warren Brown adds the police are guided by existing laws and must act accordingly.
“We recognize the current complexities surrounding the future legislative changes, however the RCMP is tasked with enforcing the laws of Canada as they exist today.