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Vernon pot stores brace for RCMP crackdown as Nanaimo shops reopen after raids

NANAIMO, B.C. — Medical marijuana dispensaries in Vernon, B.C., are watching with concern as similar operations in Nanaimo face confrontations with RCMP.

The co-owner of MMJ Total Health in Vernon says Mounties in that north Okanagan city have warned his dispensary could be shut down.

Jeff Gaudette says staff worry they could face charges after officers visited five pot shops around Vernon to discuss business practices that may not comply with the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

A specific deadline for action has not been set in Vernon, but RCMP on Vancouver Island served three Nanaimo businesses with search warrants on Tuesday, arrested 16 people, and one dispensary owner says cash and drugs were seized.

Alex Robb, with Trees Dispensary, says his shop reopened its doors Wednesday night, staffed by the general manager and executive director.

He says Trees wants charges dropped against all 16 people arrested Tuesday and he urges Nanaimo to follow the lead of Victoria and Vancouver in regulating and licensing dispensaries. (CKIZ, CKAY)

The Canadian Press

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