The owner of a pot dispensary that was shuttered by London Police says he’s got plans to reopen.
London Police have announced charges against two men related to a search warrant that was executed at Tasty Budd’s, an illegal marijuana dispensary on Wharncliffe Rd. South.
During the operation, officers allegedly seized $11,450 worth of marijuana, $2,000 worth of marijuana edibles and $404.20 in Canadian cash.
As a result of the investigation, London Police say they’ve arrested and charged a 28-year-old and 23-year-old man with two counts of trafficking a schedule ll substance and two counts of possessing a schedule ll substance for the purpose of trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Mal McMeekin, who owns five other dispensaries in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, said he knows the risks of running the stores, and didn’t think to talk to London Police before opening.
“There’s a need for these stores. The reason why we didn’t ask for permission is because they’re a very common thing, all across Canada. If you’re going to open a dispensary, you open a dispensary and you help the medical people who need help.”
McMeekin plans on backing the two men who were charged, but also has his sights set on something else.
“We’re behind them 100 per cent. Our goal is to get that store opened again and just help the people that actually need help.”
McMeekin says he hasn’t seen any police action at his locations out east.
The Tasty Budd’s dispensary opened on August 12th, just one day after Health Canada announced changes to medicinal marijuana regulations.
The changes come into effect Wednesday, August 24th and will allow Canadians who have been authorized by their doctor to register to grow their own marijuana or have someone produce it for them.
With files from Matthew Trevithick and Jess Brady
Photo via Tasty Budd’s Facebook