Nova Scotia

Customers 'roughed up' during robbery at Halifax marijuana dispensary

The owner of Scotia Green Dispensary on Spring Garden Road says he lost $30,000 worth of product, and that police also searched his store and will likely lay drug trafficking charges.

Pair allegedly stole cash and product from the business and also robbed a number of patrons

Police remained at the Scotia Green Dispensary on Spring Garden Road Tuesday morning. (Steve Berry/CBC)

Halifax Regional Police are searching for two suspects who allegedly robbed a downtown Halifax marijuana dispensary and its customers at gunpoint Monday night. 

Police were called to the Scotia Green Dispensary on Spring Garden Road, near the intersection with Robie Street, at 9:39 p.m. Officers were told that two males with their faces covered entered the store just after 9 p.m. At least one of them had a gun.

The pair allegedly took cash and product from the business, then robbed a number of patrons in the dispensary at the time and then fled, said police.

A police dog helped officers in their search for suspects but were unable to find them.

Police searching store

The business's owner, Carl Morgan, said Tuesday that one of the robbers had a sawed-off shotgun. Although no one was seriously injured, Morgan said one of his employees was hit in the head and some of the four customers who were in the store at the time were "roughed up" and had their cellphones taken.

"Definitely startled and shaken up," he said.

After the robbery, police searched the dispensary and Morgan said he anticipates drug trafficking and possession charges will be laid.

"Obviously, I feel it's a bit unjust," he said. "I think the most important thing would be to find out who did this, and like I said, now I'm being penalized on the other end of this thing as well while they're still out there. So it's a little nerve-racking and a little stressful."

Morgan said he lost about $30,000 worth of product and that he plans to reopen the store on Wednesday.

Police are asking anyone with information about the robbery to call police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).