Search Warrant Executed at Marihuana Store Front

On October 4th, 2017, the Comox Valley RCMP Drug Section attended a newly opened Marihuana Store Front, located on the 300 block of 4th Street, in Courtenay British Columbia. Investigators gathered evidence of offences under the Criminal Code of Canada/Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and took enforcement actions accordingly.

Three people were arrested in the business. A quantity of Marihuana, Marihuana derivatives and cash was seized. Charges are pending as the investigation continues.

The business was also found to be operating without a business license.

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

Unregulated sales of medicinal marihuana and derivatives put public safety at risk, especially when there are legal means of obtaining this product. The RCMP supports Health Canada’s efforts to ensure persons with medical requirements have legal access to marihuana in accordance with Canadian laws.

“There is no legal mechanism in Canada which allows for “medicinal marihuana dispensaries” or “compassion clubs” to sell marihuana to the public, regardless of whether or not the purchasing individual(s) have licenses to possess marihuana or whether or not the vendor has a license to produce marihuana’ stated Cst Rob Gardner, Comox Valley RCMP Media Relations Officer.