Dispensary owner Richard Standen and one of his staff members have reportedly been arrested.
The post was followed by a video of police, inside the store.
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In response to the raids, Jodie Emery condemned the action from police and called for arrests to stop against harmless people.
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Police statements said authorities had hand-delivered a letter to the dispensary’s owner on Tuesday that stated the business was violating the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
“Under current marijuana laws, the role of our Police Service remains enforcement of the current law,” police wrote. “Until marijuana laws change, and strict regulations and restrictions are put in effect, local police authorities will continue to address illegal marijuana possession and sales.”
“We’re not criminals – we’re trying to help everyone,” he said. “I’m hoping police realize what we’re doing here is a community-based project, really.”
Peterborough police deputy Chief Tim Farquharson was quoted as saying that dispensary customers may also face charges.
Cannabis Culture founder Marc Emery wrote that he will be speaking at a demonstration outside of the Peterborough Police Station this Saturday to protest the raid and arrests.