Burnaby RCMP raid medical marijuana dispensary
Burnaby RCMP arrested three people in a raid on the Metrotown Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary and closed down the business on Thursday.
Cpl. Rick Skolrood said police executed a search warrant in a low-key operation at the storefront at 4927 Kingsway following an extensive investigation by the force's drug section. Charges have been recommended against all three with one being charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, and another for trafficking.
Skolrood said Health Canada had not licensed the dispensary to distribute marijuana. Patients looking to get it must obtain it from Health Canada. He also said it did not have a Burnaby business licence either.
It is the fourth raid in the last two months by RCMP in British Columbia of medical marijuana dispensaries. Earlier ones were carried out in Chilliwack, Courtney and Langley.
The dispensary opened its doors in April 15. At the time the dispensary said all patients needed was a doctor's recommendation or confirmation of a diagnosis of a health condition which might benefit from the use of marijuana. Customers also had to be members of the non-profit society that ran the store.
Society directors said the cannabis came from growers authorized by Health Canada.