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