Hamilton Police raided one marijuana dispensary last month in Stoney Creek, but at least another one remains operating, said Coun. Maria Pearson.
The Ward 10 councillor received complaints from a number of residents about a marijuana dispensary operating on Highway 8. Pearson said the dispensary was located near a child daycare centre. She then told the police about it.
On March 13 the Hamilton police’s vice and drug unit executed a search warrant on the dispensary called Skip the Deal at 438 Highway 8. After an investigation a 32-year-old woman was charged. Police found a “large” amount of cannabis, marijuana cannabis resin and tetrahydrocannobinol-based products.
Soon after residents were calling Pearson again complaining about a cannabis dispensary in Stoney Creek. Pearson though the one that was raided by the police had reopened. But she discovered another dispensary – called King Kush – had opened in a small plaza on the corner of Highway 8 and DeWitt Road, down the street from Orchard Park Secondary School, and across the street from the Oxford learning Centre.
“I’m talking to the police and letting them handle the issue,” said Pearson. “I’m doing everything I can. But the police are best equipped to deal with (the dispensaries).”
She said the police are investigating the second dispensary.
Hamilton Police have been cracking down on marijuana dispensaries this year, including raids at five MMJ and Pacifico outlets.
Hamilton Police have also executed a search warrant earlier this year at the Wellness Glass Dispensary Co. at 91 King Street near downtown Stoney Creek.
As of last October police had raided, seized product and laid charges at 10 outlets in total with nine of them reopening. Police have stated there are at least 46 operating illegal pot shops in Hamilton.
The federal government has announced plans