Nova Scotia

Police raid marijuana dispensary in Cape Breton

Three men were arrested and one faces charges after police searched Nova Budds in Howie Centre, N.S., on Friday.

1 man charged after police search Nova Budds in Howie Centre, N.S.

Three men were arrested and one is facing charges after police in Cape Breton raided a marijuana dispensary in Howie Centre, N.S.

Cape Breton Regional Police executed a search warrant at Nova Budds on Kings Road on Friday afternoon.

Officers found marijuana, "shatter," cannabis oils and food containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Shatter is a concentrated form of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that produces a high.

A 34-year-old man from Port Hawkesbury is facing charges of possession of marijuana and possession of cannabis resin for the purpose of trafficking. 

Two others were released without charges.

Police say Nova Budds was operating as a medical marijuana dispensary. A news release from the police service says the business was operating illegally, as stores are not allowed to sell marijuana whether it is for medical reasons or not.

"These operations are illegally supplied and provide products that are unregulated and may be unsafe," the news release stated.

Canada is preparing to legalize marijuana for recreational use before July 1 of next year.