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ON:Medical pot dispensary raided in east Hamilton

by papapuff » Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:43 pm

The Hamilton Spectator


Police looking for suspects after downtown Hamilton dispensary robbed

Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton police are looking for four suspects following a robbery at a marijuana dispensary on Catherine Street North.

Police Staff Sergeant Marco Del Conte said four suspects robbed Delta Nine Medical Marijana Dispensary Saturday afternoon at 2 Catherine St. N., just north of King Street East.

The robbery suspects fled the scene in a vehicle.

Del Conte said the robbery is being investigated by the Hamilton police BEAR, and Vice and drugs units.

Police were unable to say if there were injuries in the robbery, what was stolen, or if the suspects were armed.
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by papapuff » Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:54 am

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Hamilton police investigating marijuana dispensary robbery on Catharine Street North

Posted: April 2, 2017

Hamilton police are on the lookout for several armed thieves after a robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary downtown.

Police were called to Delta Nine at 2 Catharine Street North near King Street East just about 2 p.m., Saturday.

They couldn’t confirm how many men went into the store, but reports suggest four men with shot-guns robbed the dispensary then took off in a vehicle.

Hamilton police BEAR unit and and Vice and drugs units have taken over the investigation.

Reports say there were no injuries during the robbery but it is still unclear how many suspects are involved or what exactly was stolen.
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by papapuff » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:21 am

Hamilton Spectator



Hamilton dispensary robbed at gunpoint, then raided by police: owner

Hamilton Spectator

A medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Hamilton was robbed at gunpoint Saturday.

"Basically, four guys ran in with guns," Mike Desrochers, who has run Delta Nine medical marijuana dispensary at 2 Catharine St. N. since August, said Sunday.

Desrochers said the armed robbers, who burst into the shop around 1:30 p.m., didn't make off with much, however. "They were too stupid to open the cash drawer."

Staff Sgt. Marco Del Conte said four suspects fled the scene in a vehicle.

Desrochers, who called 911 to report the robbery, says police stayed to investigate but then produced a warrant hours later.

"They took everything else that was in the store," he said. "All our product was taken, and we're back to zero."

Police and the Hamilton's bylaw department have raided several illegal dispensaries in recent months. Owners argue they're providing an essential medical service that Health Canada-licensed facilities aren't meeting.

The police's BEAR, and vice and drugs units are working together on the investigation, Del Conte said, but couldn't comment on the warrant.
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by papapuff » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:16 pm

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Hamilton police bust another pot dispensary

CBC News Posted: Apr 13, 2017

Hamilton police have announced they have arrested another owner of a marijuana dispensary running in the city.

Police say that Wednesday at around 12:30 p.m., the vice and drug unit raided Georgia Peach at 105 George St. in downtown Hamilton.

In a press release, police said they seized about $21,000 worth of pot and edibles.

A 49-year-old Hamilton man was charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and proceeds of crime under $5,000.

He was released on a promise to appear in court.

"The federal government has committed to making changes to the laws and regulations in relation to marijuana," police said in a news release. "However, until such changes are proclaimed law, the present provision of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in relation to the possession and sale of marijuana remain in force."

"The Hamilton Police Service is dedicated to investigating all allegation of criminal activity, including the selling or trafficking of marihuana from dispensaries."

Police have busted several marijuana dispensaries in the city in recent months.
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by papapuff » Wed May 03, 2017 10:41 am

Hamilton Spectator


Halton police bust Burlington pot dispensary

Hamilton Spectator

Halton police have raided a marijuana dispensary in Burlington, arresting the business owner and seizing approximately $22,000-worth of product.

Police executed a warrant at Frank's Magic Crops at 419 Guelph Line on May 2, seizing 1.5 kilograms of marijuana and edible cannabis products, along with $1,581 in cash.

The business owner, Anne Pastor, 69, of Burlington was arrested and released on a promise to appear in court May 30. She's facing a charge of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Halton police cautioned the public to remember that recreational marijuana sale is illegal.

Police will continue to seize product and arrest dispensary owners, despite upcoming legalization of recreational use in Canada.
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by papapuff » Wed May 10, 2017 12:51 pm

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May 10, 2017 12:06 pm


Operator of Hamilton marijuana dispensary facing drug charges

By Rick Zamperin News Anchor 900CHML

Hamilton police have arrested the operator of a marijuana dispensary in the city.

Police allege the individual was illegally selling or giving marijuana or marijuana derivatives to clients.

Officers raided the Hamilton Village Dispensary at 275 King St. E. just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police also seized approximately $50,000 worth of marijuana and marijuana derivative products including processed marijuana, and THC based products.

A man, 30, whose name has not been released, has been charged with drug possession and trafficking offences.

The man has been released on a promise to appear.
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by papapuff » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:54 pm

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City seeks pot shop court injunction

NEWS Aug 10, 2017 07:53 by Matthew Van Dongen Hamilton Spectator

The city is escalating its battle with illegal storefront pot shops by seeking a court injunction to shutter a popular downtown dispensary and vapour lounge.

But owners and supporters of the Hamilton Village Dispensary and Cloud Nine are vowing to fight to save the 275 King St. E businesses.

The injunction request obtained by The Spectator cites zoning and bylaw violations in asking a judge to order the businesses permanently closed. It also wants Hamilton police to be required to enforce the order.

The Village Dispensary — formerly Cannabis Culture — has been raided by police more than once over illegal drug sales, but has always reopened.

"It's ridiculous. They're looking for any option they can to shut us down," said landlord Conrad Floyd, who added he intends to fight the court action alongside with his tenants.

"They are looking to set a precedent. I hope they do, because eventually we (cannabis activists) win these fights," said Cloud Nine owner Britney Guerra, who pointed to Vancouver's decision to license marijuana dispensaries in that city while the federal government slowly introduces new retail and production rules for pot.

Spokesperson Ann Lamanes said the city is "seeking compliance with municipal bylaws" through the injunction but declined to give more information because the matter is before the courts.

The injunction document, however, cites zoning violations as well as "flagrant" and repeated bylaw infractions related to signage, property standards and even the sale of chips and pop.

The owners and customers of around 20 retail medical marijuana pot shops in Hamilton rallied at City Hall earlier this year to protest the city's bylaw crackdown — which comes on top of regular police raids to seize illegal drugs.

The growing number of storefront medical pot shops across Canada remain illegal despite pending new federal law changes designed to legalize marijuana and regulate production and distribution of the drug.

Guerra — who owned the local Cannabis Culture until she was charged by Toronto police earlier this year in a series of raids on the cross-country chain — concedes the dispensary and cannabis lounge are "not yet technically legal."

But she argued the city should license the outlets in the interim to provide "badly needed" services to medical marijuana patients, as well as a "safe space" in the vapour lounge. She pointed to an in-store petition calling for licensing that she says has so far attracted thousands of names as well as an online version.

Floyd noted he and his tenants are already fighting bylaw charges and fines related to the city crackdown. "If you want to get regulatory cash out of us, that's fine. But do it with licensing fees."

Guerra said she would love to meet with city politicians to find a "mutually agreeable solution" — but, otherwise, she'll keep up the fight. "The police will charge us but we always reopen. This is a movement and we support each other."

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