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Police Shut Down 2nd Dispensary

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 @ 8:52 AM

Prince George, B.C.- for the second time in  less than a week a  storefront business suspected of selling marijuana  has been  shut down.

Yesterday,  RCMP and City  officials  attended a business in the 1400 block of 3rd Avenue .  The business did not have a business license  and  was believed to be  selling marijuana.  The business was shut down for operating without a business license.

On Friday of last week,   Prince George RCMP began an investigation into suspected drug trafficking in a building on the 700 block of 4th Avenue in Prince George.  Police attended and located an illegal marihuana storefront business operating in the building.  The City of Prince George was contacted, as the business did not appear to have a licence to operate in the City.  The business was shut down.

At this time, marijuana is regulated as a controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act which 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 license to possess marijuana, or whether or not the vendor has a license to produce marijuana.

“The RCMP is guided by existing laws and legislation” says Prince George RCMP  Superintendent Warren Brown.  “We recognize the current complexities surrounding the potential for future legislative changes, however the RCMP is tasked with enforcing the laws of Canada as they exist today.  I can tell you that Prince George RCMP investigators gathered evidence of possible offences under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and took enforcement actions accordingly.”

Businesses and/or individuals operating in contravention of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Health Canada regulations may be subject to investigation and criminal charges in accordance with Canadian laws.


Good, go through the proper channels, Once it has been totally legalized then go through the red tape to operate a business! Common sense, but making a fast buck seems more important. Some people will whine that it is unjust, tough!

    You mean sort of like legal immigration vs illegal immigration?

The actions and comments with regard to the RCMP actions leave me, lets say confused.

We licence medical marijuana grow ops …. City of Nanaimo has a huge operation in addition to many others in the province. Legal to grow but illegal to sell?

One company alone on the Island has numerous operations (six and growing) operating in full view with decorated store fronts. No RCMP intervention?????

Check out the Leaf Compassion website … different varieties of pot, shatter, oils, candies, rubs ……

All running without a licence ……

    Google Tilray. They are a medical marijuana producer in Nanaimo ….. a large employer and bringing in lots of dollars to the City. Maybe this is an option that the City of PG should explore before the profits are handed off to individuals.

      Why should the profits be handed off to big business?

    False assumption, they do run with a business license in Vancouver as there is a bylaw on the books which makes shutting them down more difficult if they do things illegally. The “businesses” in PG are running without a business license so double no-no

    There are only a few licensed growers in Canada that are allowed to sell medical mj to customers. If you grow privately on the old permit, you are allowed to keep and use it yourself and are not allowed to sell to other users. You can grow for one other licensed person but you cannot sell it to them either.

    The growers licensed to produce can sell to medical users through mail order. “Dispensaries” are all technically illegal.

    Tilray is a licensed grower and had a huge layoff a year ago, almost half its workforce. They do not have a store front operation.

    You can easily set up in PG, the framework is set up for the BCR already. Just get yourself a growers license and go to town mail order.

Half baked Trudeau getting things right. Maybe he will have better luck with a softwood agreement.

I’m not a pot head, nor do I even occasionally smoke a joint. But if people want to smoke it, there is lots of them. I would rather have them get the weed, from a government controlled outlet.

The reason being, with the amount of crap that is in the illicit drugs, I would rather see people get a high, with out the risk of dying. Don’t want the pot with Fentanyl dusting on it.

Just thinking out loud.

    Where is this fentanyl dusted pot being found?

    They can – they just have to do it through the mail

and the downtown core is such a wonderful place to go , according to city hall.

How is it that you can commit a criminal code felony in PG and not be charged thus…
Only failure to have a business license creates a lack of respect by all regards the laws of Canada.

The same guy that owns the local casino in town, also owns the city council and has for decades… Is also the only outfit licensed for large scale production of marijuana in the region.

No doubt no Vancouver based despenseries will be allowed to get a business license in this city.

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