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Friday, November 24, 2017

Updated: Cannabis dispensaries raided by Halifax police

Search warrants conducted at Coastal Cannapy on Agricola Street and Green Light on Barrington result in multiple charges.

Posted By on Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 6:42 PM

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Update: Coastal Cannapy was raided a second time on Saturday, November 25. Police say three men were arrested at the scene without incident. They’re facing one count each of possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana and hash.

Members of the Special Enforcement Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division raided two different Halifax cannabis dispensaries on Friday morning.

In the first series of raids, officers with the SES along with RCMP and Halifax Regional Police executed four separate search warrants related to the Green Light dispensary on Barrington Street.

Cannabis products, plants and resin were seized from the business’ storefront, and a 22-year-old woman was arrested at the scene without incident. Cash and documents were also seized at an apartment on Fenwick Street, where 35-year-old Jesse Gerald Carroll was arrested without incident.

Carroll is listed by the Registry of Joint Stocks as Green Light’s director and president.

Police also seized documents from an apartment at King’s Wharf in Dartmouth, and a quantity of cocaine, MDMA, LSD and cannabis products from a residence on Rockcliffe Drive in Lakeside.

Carroll’s civic address is listed at King’s Wharf. He’s facing one count each of possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, MDMA and LSD, and multiple counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking cannabis products. The 22-year-old Halifax woman is facing two charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Meanwhile, Coastal Cannapy on Agricola Street was also targeted this morning. In response to public complaints and following an investigation, HRP officers raided the business and seized “a quantity” of marijuana, edible cannabis products, hash and money.

Two men were arrested at the scene without incident. The 39-year-old and 35-year-old are facing one count each of possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana and hash.

On its Instagram this evening, Coastal Cannapy announced it was already open again for business and asked its customers to contact their MLAs and police to complain about the “terrible use of resources.”

“They are wasting their time and money raiding us,” reads the post. “We’ve done no harm to anyone, and we’ve helped so many! Legalization is just around the corner, but they still want to criminalize us for doing what they will be doing them selves [sic] in a matter of months. This is uncalled for and cannot be accepted!”

While the prohibition on cannabis will end next year, it’s still illegal to sell the controlled substance without a medical license. Halifax police officials have previously said dispensaries remain a low-priority for the department, and will only conduct a raid if a complaint is made first.

Just last week, federal Crown prosecutors dropped all charges against cannabis centre owner Christopher Enns stemming from three police raids on his operation that happened between 2013 and 2015.

Despite being charged with several counts of possessing a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking, prosecutors chose not to pursue the matter in court.

“This is a clear indication from the Crown that they believe there is merit to what we are doing, and there is a lack of merit to the charges before the court,” Enns said at the time.

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