The Nanaimo RCMP have ordered medical cannabis dispensaries in the city to cease operations and shut down within seven days.

At least four dispensaries have received the warning, but it’s believed the cease and desist order will apply to every medical cannabis dispensary in the city.

Island Medical Solutions owner Tim Olafsen shared his letter with Cannabis in Canada:

I, Sgt. Rob Christenson of the Nanaimo RCMP, am attending your establishment to advise you that you are operating illegally and are currently trafficking in substance (cannabis) contrary to Sec. 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. 

You are also operating outside of any Health Canada marihuana regulations. 

I am providing you the opportunity to cease with any further sales of marihuana or marihuana derivatives.

I am notifying you that you have seven calendar days to comply with this notice or you will be subject to police enforcement including the arrest of all employees and patrons on site and the seizure of all offence related property from the premises. 

You may also be subject to criminal prosecutions.”

Olafsen said he’s currently talking with staff and other dispensary owners to try and figure out what’s happening in the city.

“I see it happening out in Saskatoon but I can’t believe they’re trying to hit the island — I thought BC was a safe area,” Olafsen said.

“The last I was aware of they were talking about regulating in Nanaimo.”

In September, it seemed like city council was moving towards a regulation system similar to Victoria or Vancouver.

Sheena, the owner of Island Releaf, was also given the warning.

“When I came into the shop this morning an officer followed me in,” she told Cannabis in Canada over the phone, holding back tears. “He told me I had seven days to shut down.”

An employee with Phoenix Pain Management in Nanaimo also confirmed it had received a cease and desist warning.

When contacted by Cannabis in Canada, Nanaimo RCMP Constable Gary O’Brien said, “we are holding off on comment” for now, but “will be issuing a statement in the near future, likely early next week.”

Nanaimo RCMP have confirmed they will be having a discussions with all dispensaries in the city.

Olafsen said he’d like to stay open, but ultimately wants to avoid any legal issues.

“I can’t risk going to jail,” Olafsen said. “I’ve got a family of four.”

 Dispensary owners are planning to meet tonight to discuss next steps.

  • A. C.

    The schedule this refers to is incorrect. Schedule 5 refers to substances listed under schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4. Marijuana is not under those schedules. It is under 7 and 8.

    If someone actually did do this they are impersonating a police officer and that is a felony.

    There is also the lack of RCMP letterhead. This is completely fraudulent. There isn’t even a Rob Christenson in the Nanaimo RCMP, according to Google.

    • Rejean Houle

      The SGT. Has already been contacted. RE READ the article

      • A. C.

        No, that Sgt (Rob Christenson) has not been contacted again. A different officer held off on comments and said they’ll be making a statement likely next week. You re-read?

        • Caleb

          CinC confirmed the existence of this Sgt and that these are real letters. Who are you? Why are you trying to direct the narrative away from holding the RC’s responsible and towards whether this was a hoax?

          Something seems fishy about you.

    • Munchma Koutchey

      You didn’t look very hard.

      Here is Rob Christensen playing on the Prince Rupert RCMP and the Prince Rupert Fire Department Blazers in the seventh-annual Guns & Hoses charity game. Obviously he was with the Prince Rupert RCMP and recently was transferred to Nanaimo.

  • Burt

    Justin Trudeau get’s elected and the pot heads cheer, then Justin stabs them in the back. The Ontario government did something like this before, back in the 80’s they got the drug addicts hooked on methadone, they they closed down the methadone clinics.

  • Michael

    It’s spelled Marijuana dumb#ss . What about Tilray??? Just because they put in a 25 million dollar building and they pay there taxes does not make them exempt They are still breaking the law as well. But wait and see if they get busted. And what about Canada Post they ship it for them.. Sounds like someone doesn’t like competition.