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Brantford cops raid pot dispensary 1 day after it opens

Brantford police raided a pot dispensary Tuesday, a day after it opened, and arrested a 35-year-old Stoney Creek man.

Cannabis Culture opened Monday, was raided Tuesday

Marc Emery, who owns the Cannabis Culture brand with his wife Jodie, holds a handful of cannabis at the opening of one of their stores in Montreal. A company storefront in Brantford was raided Tuesday. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Brantford police raided a pot dispensary Tuesday, a day after it opened, and arrested a 35-year-old Stoney Creek man. 

Police went to Cannabis Culture on Colborne Street West around 8:30 p.m. and determined that "the business was selling marijuana to persons who did not possess a medical marijuana license," according to a press release.

They charged the man with possession for the purposes of trafficking. 

The federal government has committed to legalizing marijuana, but it hasn't happened yet.

In Hamilton, local police have said that until it does, they follow the law and charge people who sell marijuana. A Cannabis Culture branch in Hamilton is among an increasing number of marijuana dispensaries around the city.

The owner of Cannabis Culture, Marc Emery, refers to himself as "the Prince of Pot." The locations offer pot strains that include Pakistani Kush, LSD, White Widow and Brainwreck. The latter, the website says, is "a strong experience that will give you energy but still get you very stoned."

In Brantford, police closed the business and, as of Wednesday morning, were waiting to get judicial approval to search it. 

Police asked anyone with information to contact Brantford Police or Crime Stoppers. 

With files from Samantha Craggs

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