Peterborough city police have shut down the city’s first and only recreational pot shop.
Cannabis Culture opened earlier this month, and was open a week before police raided the George Street shop and arrested two operators. That prompted a visit from the Prince of Pot, Mark Emery, who is behind the Cannabis Culture franchise. He pledged the shop would reopen, and reopen it did Tuesday of this week.
Thursday morning, police arrived, shut down the shop again.
On Friday, police said two people were arrested and charged:
Maranda Gallant, 21, of Lansdowne Street, Peterborough, was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana and breach of an officer in charge undertaking.
Erick Woolsey,40, of Nelson Road, Campbellford, was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.
Both accused were held in custody and appeared in court on September 29.
Police reminds property owners of their jeopardy, including forfeiture of the property itself, if they knowingly allow lease of their property for illegal activity.
“Marijuana remains a Schedule II drug under the CDSA and, unless otherwise regulated for production and distribution for medical purposes, is subject to offences under that Act,” police stated. “Possessing and selling marijuana for non-medical purposes is still illegal in Canada. There are laws in effect to control the sale and purchase of marijuana in Canada. Under current marijuana laws, the role of our Police Service remains enforcement of the current law. Those who breach those laws can be charged with criminal offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.”
Currently Health Canada has approved 34 licensed cannabis producers. Individuals with a physician’s prescription can make a legal purchase through one of these licensed producers.
The investigation is ongoing.