Victoria marijuana shop raid linked to earlier drug seizure from Helijet flight

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Victoria police raided the Remedy Medicinals marijuana shop this morning.

Witnesses say officers arrived at the pot shop at 833 Fisgard St. before 7 a.m. and waited for staff to open the doors.

Five officers have been bringing in evidence bags and boxes and have covered the windows to prevent anyone from seeing inside.

Victoria police confirm the raid is linked to the 30 pounds of marijuana that was seized on a Helijet flight on Jan. 10. Three people were arrested but have been released.

The department said in a statement that “investigation into the unlicensed marijuana storefront continues and investigators have noted that Health Canada has not licensed this storefront for sales.”

Victoria police said the search warrant “does not represent a change in our approach to marijuana storefronts.”

On Jan. 17 and Jan. 10, Victoria police were called to the Helijet terminal on Dallas Road for reports of the smell of marijuana coming from luggage. On Jan. 10, the officers seized 30 pounds of marijuana and one person was arrested and released on a promise to appear in court on possession for the purpose of trafficking.

On Jan. 17, police seized cash that was headed for Baked Edibles after the store sold some of its cannabis products to a dispensary in Vancouver. No charges have been laid in that incident but the seizure underlined the marijuana industry’s reliance on cash since banks will not allow business accounts.

The City of Victoria last year introduced regulations for medical marijuana businesses that include rules around closing times and marijuana consumption on site.

Last week, West Shore RCMP shut down Green Tree medical marijuana shop in Langford, a day after it opened. Langford Mayor Stew Young said he would not tolerate marijuana businesses in his municipality until federal regulations clear up the murky legal landscape.

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