Jim's Weeds medical marijuana store raided by Vancouver police
Police say they received reports East Vancouver store was illegally selling pot
Vancouver police raided Jim's Weeds Lounge, a medical marijuana shop, saying they had received reports marijuana was being bought at the store and sold to youth in the surrounding neighbourhood.
According to its website, the store also sells medical pot by mail order.
Standing in front of a makeshift sign saying "just robbed by the VPD", it is clear those who work at Jim's Weeds shop at 882 East Hastings Street are not happy.
VPD officers entered the marijuana dispensary around 1p.m. PT Thursday.
Once the news cameras showed up, a man identifying himself as an owner started threatening journalists.
"My lawyer told me you aren't allowed to film, get out right now. I go park my car, I come back, you still here, it will be a different story."
Police say when they searched the store, they identified five customers and three staff, none of whom were arrested.
Selling recreational pot still illegal
Vancouver police spokesman Const. Randy Fincham says the police investigation is ongoing.
"The VPD will continue to respond to any complaints about illegal marijuana use and sales and decide if further investigation or enforcement action is required,"said Fincham. "
Our priority remains focusing on violent drug traffickers and those who prey on youth, the marginalized or the drug addicted."
Buying recreational marijuana in Canada is illegal, although buying the drug with a federal medical certificate is legal. There are more than 40 similar dispensaries to Jim's Weeds operating in Vancouver.