RCMP, community safety teams raid 4 cannabis shops in K’ómoks First Nation

Vancouver Island Mounties and members of a B.C. government cannabis enforcement team raided four cannabis dispensaries on K’ómoks First Nation land Wednesday.

Locations include the Cedar Bark Dispensary, The Buddery House, 3420 and The Butterfly Effect.

It was not immediately clear why the shops were visited and their products seized.

Cameron Francis of the Cedar Bark Dispensary told Global News that RCMP officers showed up “unannounced, uninvited” and without a warrant.

“They also decided to hire a locksmith to come pick our locks. I’m not sure how they got away with that, but here they are, they’re in,” he said in an interview.

“As if we didn’t have enough to deal with. It’s getting kind of ridiculous, to the point now where we can’t even operate on our own lands without being harassed. It’s just wild to me.”

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