It’s been 17 months since Justin Trudeau, who has admitted to the occasional puff in the past, was swept into power in part because of a promise to legalize recreational cannabis use. Since then hundreds of Canadians have been arrested or had their lives negatively impacted by continued prohibition and police raids of medical marijuana dispensaries from sea to shining sea.
Toronto-based Dankr, along with help from Freddie Pritchard, has assembled as complete a list as possible of all the dispensaries that have been raided by police since Trudeau was elected Prime Minister.
Read it and weep:
Police Raids on Marijuana Dispensaries End of 2015
Oct. 19th, 2015 Justin Trudeau is elected 23rd Prime Minister of Canada
Nov. 4th, 2015 Justin Trudeau assumed office
Nov. 25th, 2015 Deroche/Mission, BC
BC Pain Society’s Compassion Club, source.
Nov. 28th, 2015 Sechelt, BC
S&M Medicinal Sweet Shoppe, source.
Police Raids on Marijuana Dispensaries in 2016
Jan. 18th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Good Weeds Vapor Lounge on Danforth, source.
Apr. 18th, 2016 Chillawack, BC
WeeMedical Dispensary raided on 5th Ave. for the second time. Source.
Apr. 28th, Sydney, BC
RCMP raided the marijuana shop, Dispensary by the Sea, source.
May 26th, 2016 Toronto, ON dubbed Project Claudia
43 dispensarys busted in one day
90 arrests, 257 charges laid in Toronto marijuana dispensary raids
The following locations were targeted in the ‘Project Claudia’ raids:
1. Cana Boss Dispensary – 1684 Queen Street West, source.
2. Canna Bank Dispensary – 3505 Dundas Street West, source.
3. Weeds Glass and Gifts – 1332 Queen Street West, source.
4. Weeds Glass and Gifts – 2452 Bloor Street West, source.
5. Green Cross Club – 699A Lawrence Avenue West, source.
6. Kanbi The Dispensary – 1715 St Clair Avenue West, source.
7. Medical Club – 377 Marlee Avenue, source.
8. Natures Touch Dispensary – 1346 St. Clair Avenue West, source.
9. Up Dispensaries – 1792 Eglinton Avenue West, source.
10. Weed the North – 1532 Eglinton Avenue West, source.
11. Weemedical Dispensary Society – 568 St. Clair Avenue West, source.
12. Weemedical Dispensary Society – 1602 Eglinton Avenue West, source.
13. York Dispensary – 1478 Eglinton Avenue West, source.
14. 416 Medicinal Health – 850 King Street West, source.
15. Cannawide Dispensary – 34 Kensington Avenue, source.
16. Cannawide Dispensary â€“ Top Shelf – 160 Baldwin Street, Unit 3, source.
17. Eden Medicinal Society – 760 Queen Street West, source.
18. The Green Room Society – 402 Spadina Avenue, source.
19. Cannabis Dispensary – 66 Nassau Street, source.
20. Holistic Cannabinoids – 179 Baldwin Street, source.
21. Weeds Glass and Gifts – 611 College Street, source.
22. WeLeaf Dispensary – 5 Bruyers Mews, source.
23. Maricare – 3808 Bloor Street West, source.
24. SoCo (Social Collective) – 1874 Wilson Avenue, source.
25. Hempsterz Hemp Shop and Lounge – 65 Martin Ross Avenue, Unit 9, source.
26. GW Weed Emporium – 2226 Kingston Road, source.
27. Scarborough Dispensary – 1260 Kennedy Road, source.
28. SoCo (Social Collective) – 2347 Eglinton Avenue East, source.
29. The Rolling Bud – 4234 Lawrence Avenue East, #5, source.
30. Buddha Pharm – 399 Yonge Street, source.
31. CALM – 600 Church Street, source.
32. Medical Compassion Clinic – 125 Church Street, source.
33. Rainbow Medicinal Cannabis – 69 Queen Street East, Unit #201, source.
34. CALM – Canadian As Living Medicine – 7 Breadalbane Street, source.
35. Calm on the Avenue – 538 Eglinton Ave West, source.
36. Weeds Glass and Gifts – 92 Avenue Road, source.
37. S.W.E.D. – 1898 Danforth Avenue, source.
38. BC Cannamed – 2116 Queen Street East, Unit C, source.
39. Green Rhino – 393 Danforth Avenue, source.
40. Medical Club – 337 Danforth Avenue, source.
41. S.W.E.D – 333 Danforth Avenue, source.
42. Weeds Glass & Gifts – 341 Danforth Avenue, source.
43. GW Weed Emporium – 2226 Kingston Road, source.
June 7th, 2016 Windsor, ON
Burnies Compassion Society at 490 Wyandotte St. W., source.
June 9th, 2016 Powell River, BC
WeeMedical Dispensary Society 4493 Marine Avenue, source.
June 23rd, Toronto, ON
4 search warrants on four midtown and downtown dispensaries.
3 Canna Clinic locations at
-44 Kensington Ave., source.
-2352 Yonge St., source.
-793 Dundas St. W., source.
Cannabis Culture at 801 Queen St. W., source.
July 21st, 2016 Hamilton, ON
Bright Moments Dispensary at 238 King Street East, source.
Aug. 2nd, 2016 Waterloo, ON
Waterloo Dispensary on King Street North, source.
Aug. 3rd, 2016 Toronto, ON
Barc’s Budz – Danforth Compassion Clinic, source.
Aug. 3rd, 2016 Toronto, ON
Canna Clinic’s Dundas location, source.
Aug. 8th, 2016 Toronto, ON
The Green Room Society located on Dundas street, source.
Aug. 10th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Cannabis Culture – 711 Queen St. W raided August 10th or 11th, source.
The Green Room Society Mount Pleasant – 562 Mt. Pleasant Rd., source.
The Healing Centre Dundas – 1506 Dundas St. W., source.
Aug. 13, 2016 Toronto, ON
Evergreen Medicinals raided, 2078 Dundas Street West, source.
Aug. 15th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Twisted Smoke Haberdashery at 1245 Dundas St. W., source.
Aug. 16th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Canna Clinic Eglinton West raided August 16th 2016, source.
Aug. 17th, 2016 Alderville, ON
OPP execute search warrant at South Shore Wellness Full Service Cannabis Dispensary located at 8987 County Road 45 in Roseneath. Source.
Aug. 19th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Police searched the Greentree Medical Dispensary on Danforth Avenue, source.
Aug. 25th, 2016 Missasauga, ON
Major Drugs and Vice Bureau officers executed a search warrant at Pharma-Cann on Drew Road, source.
Aug. 30th, 2016 Barrie, ON
City police closed down 2 downtown Barrie marijuana dispensaries: Sunrise Medicinal and Med West. Source.
Sept. 6th, 2016 Merritt, BC
Police executed a search warrant on the Merritt Compassion Society located downtown on Quilchena Avenue. Source.
Sept. 9th, 2016 Missasauga, ON
Search warrant at Potluck Apothecary & Dispensary, located 101 Spadina Ave., source.
Sept. 15th, 2016 Whitby, ON
Green Street Medical Society on Dunlop Street, source.
Sept. 16th, 2016 Port Alberni, BC
West Side Alternatives on Athol Street was raided by RCMP, source.
Sept. 20th, 2016 Hamilton, ON
MMJ-Canada’s Urban Dispensary at 118 George St. Source.
Sept. 22nd, 2016 Port Alberni, BC
The Port Alberni Cannabis Club on Bute Street, source.
Sept. 23rd, 2016 Durham, ON
420 Compassion Club on Simcoe Street South raided again the 2nd raid of this store in a week, source.
Sept. 26th, 2016 Toronto, ON
officers executed a search warrant at the Eden Medicinal Society, at 1239 Dundas Street West, source.
Sept. 28th, 2016 Surrey, BC
Surrey RCMP officers executed a search warrant on Da Kine Glass and Gifts on 152nd St. Source.
Sept. 29th, 2016 Peterbourough, ON
City police raid for the second time in a week that reopened Cannabis Culture on George St. in Peterborough, Ont., source.
Oct. 11th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Canna Clinic dispensary, 491 Queen Street West, source.
Oct. 15th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Evergreen Medicinals 2078 Dundas Street West, source.
Nov. 1st, 2016 Toronto, ON
Canna Clinic Queen West raided, source.
Nov. 4th, 2016 Ottawa, ON
6 raids, source for all raids.
Police raided CannaGreen on St. Joseph Boulevard;
3 Green Tree Medical Dispensary locations; one on Preston Street, Montreal Road and Bank Street;
2 WeeMedical Dispensary locations; Rideau Street and St. Laurent Boulevard.
Nov. 8th, 2016 Whitewood, SK
Martin Medical Services at the 600 block of 3rd Ave, source.
Nov. 9th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensary raided – at 365 King Street West in Toronto, source.
Nov. 24th, 2016 Coquitlam, BC
Cannabis Culture – Port Coquitlam Raided, source.
Nov. 29th, 2016 St. Johns, NL
CannaLeaf raided, 4 arrested, source.
Dec. 17th, 2016 Montreal, QC
6 Cannabis Culture dispensaries raided in Montreal, source.
The Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM) said in a release on Friday that six dispensaries were raided by their officers on Friday, netting 10 suspects, 40 lbs. of marijuana, and cash.
Dec. 22nd, 2016 Hamilton, ON
Royal Farmacy on Main Street East, source.
Dec. 30th, 2016 Halifax,
Aunt Auntie’s Health and Wellness Centre was raided, source.
Police Raids on Marijuana Dispensaries in 2017
Jan. 3rd, 2017 Ottawa, ON
613 Medicinals on 274 Montreal Rd, source.
Jan. 6th, 2017 Ottawa, ON
CannaBotanix Dispensary at 646 Somerset Street, source.
Jan. 7th, 2017 St. Johns, NL
The Healing Tree in downtown St. John’s, source.
Jan. 7th, 2017 Campbellton, NB
Campbellton medical marijuana business Dr Greenthumb, source.
Jan. 9th, 2017 Ottawa, ON
CannaBotanix Dispensary at 646 Somerset St. W., source.
Jan. 10th, 2017 Banff, AB
police conducted a raid on Canna Clinic, source.
Jan. 15th, 2017 Ottawa, ON
Topspot marijuana dispensary on Bank Street, source.
Jan. 17th, 2017 Langford, BC
The Green Tree marijuana dispensary, source.
Jan. 19th, 2017 Toronto, ON
Weed The North in the city’s west-end, source.
Jan. 22nd, 2017 Toronto, ON
The Relief Center, 328 Queen St. E. (Queen & Parliament), source.
Jan. 24th, 2017 St. Johns, NB
6 dispensary raids, 12 arrested
Medicinal Grounds, 104 Prince William St., source.
Medicinal Grounds, 505 Rothesay Ave., source.
BCW, 8 Simpson Dr., source.
King Canna, 76 Germain St., source.
HBB Medical Inc., 1714 Rothesay Rd., source.
HBB Medical Inc., 199 Chesley Dr., source.
Jan. 25th, 2017 Victoria, BC
Victoria police raid the Remedy Medicinals marijuana shop on Fisgard Street, source.
Jan. 25th, 2017 Quebec City, QC
La Croix Verte in the Saint-Sauveur neighbourhood, source.
Jan. 31st, 2017 Ottawa, ON
Weeds Glass and Gifts on Bank Street was raided, source.
Feb. 1st, 2017 Toronto, ON
Canadian Green Dispensary & Holistic Services at 1332 Bloor St. west, source.
Feb. 3rd, 2017 Hamilton, ON
The Medicine Cabinet, 1050 Barton St. E.
The Medicine Cabinet was raided two hours ago. Owner Britney Anne Guerra was charged 4 times and released on sight. After our brief interruption we are reopen again to serve you until 8pm!, Source.
Feb. 6th, 2017 Prince George, BC
RCMP in Prince George have shut down a second downtown pot shop, source.
Feb. 6th, 2017, Toronto, ON
True Compassion Toronto was raided, and confirmed this by posting on their Facebook page the following day. “We were raided Monday (Feb. 6) at 4 pm . Just released at 3:30 am . This is not the end for True Compassion Toronto. Stay tuned for details . Thanks for all the support and I want everyone to know that I am okay .” Source.
Feb. 13th, 2017 Nanaimo, BC
Leaf Labs on 679 Terminal Ave.
Leaf Labs dispensary was operating next door to Kids Kompany, a children’s daycare. Police arrested one individual, 1.5 pounds of marijuana was seized and the place was closed by officers as they wait for a search warrant. This is technically a closure and not a raid. We’ll update this article as things progress. Source.
Feb. 14th, 2017 Burlington, ON
A Hamilton man has been charged after police raided a Burlington business allegedly selling medical marijuana to people directly and also to those without a licence to possess it. Source.
Feb. 14th, 2017 Hamilton, ON
Hamilton police’s vice and drugs unit executed a search warrant at MMJ Canada — located at 146 Ottawa St. N. — around 1 p.m. and found about $100,000 worth of marijuana and marijuana products, including edibles. Source.
Feb. 15th, 2017 Langford, BC
RCMP have once again moved to raid and shut down Langford’s first and only pot shop, arresting two people and seizing marijuana. Source.
Feb. 21st, 2017 Brantford, ON
Police raid Cannabis Culture Brantford (Colborne Street West) a day after it opened. Source.
Feb. 22nd, 2017 Langford, BC
Green Tree medical dispensary is raided for the third time in under a month and a half. One employee was arrested on site when police arrived. Source.
Feb. 24th, 2017 Brantford, ON
Police raid Cannabis Culture on Colborne Street West, Brantford for the second time in it’s first week open. Source.
Mar. 1st, 2017 Richmond, BC
Richmond’s WeeMedical Wellness Centre at 8050 Anderson Road was raided Wednesday afternoon. They were selling cannabis without a business license, this was the second time this location was raided, recently. Source.
Mar. 2nd, 2017 London, ON
5 dispensaries were raided in London on Thursday, with multiple people being arrested. The dispensaries that were raided were:
Tasty Budd’s (96 Wharncliffe Road South) Source.
Chronic Hub Social Club (119 Dundas Street) Source.
The Healing Center (490 Wonderland Road South) Source.
Herbal Alternatives London (737 Hamilton Road) Source.
Healing Health Compassion (1472 Dundas St.) Source.
Mar. 2nd, 2017 Brantford, ON
At noon on Thursday, the street-crime unit attended a Colborne Street business, arresting two people and seizing a supply of pot, hash, resin and pills, as well as more than $2,400 in cash. Brantford police confirmed the arrests on Thursday were not at Cannabis Culture, but at a business on the 300 block of Colborne Street East, which stretches from Clarence Street to Peel Street. Source.
Mar. 3rd, 2017 Vancouver Island, BC
Three Vancouver Island Dispensaries Raided by Police
Leaf Compassion (9750 Chemainus Road, Chemainus) Source.
Green Aura Cannabis Dispensary (#105C – 3055 Oak Street, Chemainus) Source.
Green Tree Medical Dispensary (310 Fitzwilliam St, Nanaimo) Source.
Mar. 9th, 2017 Canada Wide Raids
The night previous to the raids, Marc and Jodie Emery were arrested at Toronto Pearson International Airport as they were preparing to leave for Spannabis cannabis expo in Spain. The couple remained in custody awaiting a court hearing the following day. (March 9th, 2017)
As Jodie and Marc sat in jail, police executed search warrants in BC, Toronto and Hamilton. So far 4 Cannabis Culture’s were raided.
BC, Cannabis Culture Headquarters at 307 W Hasting St. Source.
Toronto, 711 Queen East Cannabis Culture location. Source.
Toronto, Cannabis Culture 461 Church St. Source.
Toronto, Cannabis Culture 801 Queen Street West. Source.
Toronto, Cannabis Culture 3440 Lake Shore Boulevard West. Source.
Hamilton, Cannabis Culture 365 King Street West. Source.
Ottawa, St Cannabis Culture 391 Bank. Source.
UPDATE: All arrested have been released on bail. See full details here.
Mar. 9th, 2017 Nanaimo, BC
Police raided one of two Nature’s Source dispensary in Nanaimo. Two people were arrested, and 15 pounds of marijuana were seized. Marijuana, oils, edibles, and $2,000 were taken from the property. Source.
Mar. 9th, 2017 Kitchener, ON
Kingston Police raided Canna Green around 9:30am on Thursday, resulting in 6 individuals being arrested. A large amount of marijuana, consumables, paraphernalia, and edibles were found on site along with $3,500 in cash were all seized from the 342 Princess St. location. Source.
Mar. 10th, 2017 Kitchen/Waterloo, ON
Green Tree Medical Dispensary on King Street was raided by police, arresting 4 individuals. Source.
Mar. 14th, 2017 Toronto, ON
Bellwoods Dispensary was raided at 872 Dundas Street West. Four individuals were arrested on site, source.
Mar. 15th, 2017 Parksville, BC
WeeMedical Wellness Center on Hirst Avenue was raided a month after opening for business. It is unknown how many people were arrested, but the location is unable to reopen until specific bylaws are meet through cleaning and various other means. Source.
Closures, not raids:
Sept. 19th, 2016 Ottawa, ON
The two Weeds glass and gifts dispensaries have closed as canada post flags and siezes packages. Source.
Oct. 20th, 2016 Durham, ON
Durham Dispensary Affiliated with Police Officer has Closed
Living On Inc. Medical Marijuana, a dispensary that recently received a lot of media attention when the public became aware that a police officer was a co-owner, has since shut their doors. The Living On Inc. dispensary notified their patients through an update on their website. Source.
Nov. 3rd, 2016 Ottawa, ON
A bailiff arrived at the CannaGreen dispensary on Roydon Place Wednesday afternoon to enforce an eviction order. Source.
August 14th, 2016 Toronto, ON
Green Panda closes its storefront at 548 Yonge St. This was a result of police activity in the area, but Green Panda was never raided. Source.
Feb. 3rd, 2017 Price George, BC
Canna Clinic opened at 729 Fourth Ave. in late January.
When the business was contacted by phone the morning of Feb. 3, an employee said it was open.
Later the same day, the door to the building was locked and a person inside said they were not going to be open again for some time due to “problems.” Source.