British Columbia

Pair of Port Alberni pot shops raided on legalization day

The owners of the Port Alberni Cannabis Club and Leaf Compassion Cannabis Dispensary have both been ticketed.

Owners of Port Alberni Cannabis Club and Leaf Compassion Cannabis Dispensary ticketed

The Leaf Compassion Cannabis Dispensary was one of two stores raided in Port Alberni on Oct. 17, hours after marijuana was legalized across Canada. Under new legislation, cannabis can only be legally sold through government-run stores or private licensed retailers. (Google Street View)

Two unlicensed dispensaries in Port Alberni were raided and their owners ticketed hours after cannabis was legalized across Canada.

The Port Alberni Cannabis Club and Leaf Compassion Cannabis Dispensary were raided at 11:15 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. respectively on Wednesday.

RCMP said an "undisclosed" amount of cannabis and products were seized from each store, neither of which have licenses under the new Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.

Under the new legislation, cannabis can only be legally sold through government-run stores or private licensed retailers. 

The owners were ticketed for unlawful sale of cannabis.

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