Vancouver Police Raid Second Marijuana Dispensary in Less Than Two Months

The Vancouver Police Department has executed a warrant against another medicinal marijuana dispensary.

The raid on Jim’s Weed Lounge at 882 East Hastings Street comes less than two months after a similar police action was carried out against a Weeds Glass and Gifts at 2580 Kingsway.

Jim Harrison, a board member of Jim’s Weed Lounge, told the Straight that between eight and 12 members of the VPD drug squad showed up around noon today (July 24).

“They said they had a warrant,” Harrison recounted in a telephone interview. “They came in here and just took all the money, all the pot—the medicine—and they left.”

He said that police confiscated all marijuana on the premises as well as money, computers, and mobile phones.

– Read the entire article at The Georgia Straight.

Watch for more coverage – including video from the scene – coming soon on Cannabis Culture and Pot TV.

Photo by John Berfelo.

Read the Vancouver Police Dept. press release about the raid:

VANCOUVER POLICE EXECUTE SEARCH WARRANT AT MARIHUANA STORE

July 24, 2014

An investigation continues after Vancouver Police executed a search warrant at an illegal eastside marihuana store.

At about 1:00 this afternoon, officers from the Vancouver Police Operations Division executed a search warrant at Weeds located at 882 East Hastings Street after police received reports that marihuana was allegedly being bought at the store and sold to youth in the surrounding neighbourhood.

Five customers and three staff inside the store were identified and released and no arrests were made.

The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information to provide at this time.

The VPD will continue to respond to any complaints about illegal marihuana use and sales and decide if further investigation or enforcement action is required. Our priority remains focusing on violent drug traffickers and those who prey on youth, the marginalized or the drug addicted.

Our frontline officers will continue to use discretion enforcing the possession and consumption of marihuana under federal law. Options include criminal charges, seizures and violation tickets for smoking under the city bylaws.

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