The lawyer for the operator of a New Westminster medical marijuana dispensary says police wasted time and money targeting his client with a year-long undercover operation.
New Westminster police have recommended charges against three people after raiding the N.I.C.E dispensary in May.
A search warrant obtained by CBC News details a year-long investigation into the venture, which was run by Justin Cleveland, head of the West Coast Green Light Society advocacy organization.
Cleveland’s lawyer, Kirk Tousaw, says his client was completely transparent as to his intentions, informing the city with a detailed proposal for a two-year trial period.
“I think that most Canadians would agree that using scarce police resources to investigate and ultimately arrest people that are trying to help others with medical conditions access medical cannabis isn’t the most effective use of these resources,” Tousaw says.
“If I was a taxpayer in New Westminster — and it is a municipal police force — I’d be wondering what the priorities of New Westminster Police Department are.”
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