Nova Scotia

Scent of marijuana in the air after 'suspicious' Halifax dispensary fire

Police are investigating a morning fire at the Greenhouse Wellness dispensary on Dutch Village Road. They say it's suspicious.

Deputy fire chief says there was marijuana in building and it could be smelled outside as fire burned

Roy Hollett, deputy chief with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency, says the investigation has been turned over to Halifax Regional Police. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Police are investigating what they call a suspicious fire at a dispensary on Dutch Village Road in Halifax that damaged the building and burned marijuana inside.

Fire crews were called to Greenhouse Wellness around 7 a.m. By around 8 a.m., the fire was extinguished. 

Roy Hollett, deputy chief with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency, confirmed there was marijuana in the building and it could be smelled outside as the fire burned.

He said the fire started behind the structure and moved inside. There were no injuries. 

Police closed the 3400-block of Dutch Village Road between Rosedale Avenue and Joseph Howe Drive for about 90 minutes. It reopened around 8:30 a.m.

A Halifax Regional Police news release said officers with the general investigative section are investigating.

Dispensaries that sell cannabis have remained illegal in Nova Scotia despite the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada on Oct. 17. The only place to buy recreational cannabis legally in the province is through the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation.

Fire crews were called to the Greenhouse Wellness dispensary around 7 a.m. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)
The fire department said the fire started at the back of Greenhouse Wellness and moved inside. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

With files from Paul Palmeter

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