An East Vancouver medical marijuana shop was searched by police on Thursday.
Armed with a search warrant, Vancouver police officers entered Jim's Weeds Lounge after receiving reports that pot was allegedly being bought there and sold to youth in the neighbourhood, according to a police press release.
Three staff members and five customers were identified and later released. No arrests were made.
The Lounge confirmed the raid in a Facebook status update:
"We at Nations Best Weeds Society: Jim's Weeds Lounge, sadly regret to inform you that we have, indeed, been raided by the VPD. Though using the word 'raided' seems somehow inappropriate, as this whole experience has left us feeling violated ... Calling it a 'robbery' would be far more apropos.
"Please continue to check our page for updates regarding when we will be open for business, and rest assured that we are working swiftly."
Jim Harrison, a Jim's Weeds Lounge board member, told The Georgia Straight that police confiscated all pot on site as well as money, computers and cell phones.
“They said they had a warrant,” he told the newspaper. “They came in here and just took all the money, all the pot — the medicine — and they left.”
The police department will continue responding to any complaints about illegal use and sales and "decide if further investigation or enforcement action is required," states the news release.
They remain focused on violent drug traffickers and "those who prey on youth, the marginalized or the drug addicted."
This is the second time in recent months that a Vancouver pot dispensary has been searched. Police raided Weeds Glass and Gifts on Kingsway in June and recommended charges because the business appeared to be operating in an "unsafe manner."
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