It’s business as usual at Mary Jane’s Monday in downtown Williams Lake, despite the fact the marijuana dispensary was raided again by police Sunday.
“I’m doing the right thing, I know I am,” Mark Cowan, Mary Jane’s manager, told the Tribune Monday of being opened for business the next day.
“I know I’m helping people — I get thanked on a daily basis. I can’t let fear stop me [from being opened.]”
Cowan and two staff members were arrested Sunday evening and expect to be charged. He said nine or more officers entered the store April 15 at about 5 p.m.
According to Williams Lake RCMP, police executed the search warrant “following an intense investigation into marijuana trafficking.”
“Three individuals were arrested as a result of the investigation. Investigators will be working with the BC Prosecution Service and pursuing charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking. One of the individuals arrested is currently facing similar charges from a previous file,” noted Cpl. Madonna Saunderson, District Advisory NCO (Media Relations) for the North District.
During the search, Saunderson said police located and seized more than two kilograms of marijuana, a large sum of cash, as well as property directly related to drug trafficking.
It is the second time the store has been the subject of a police raid resulting in charges.
“We still haven’t had a chance to defend ourselves in court on the last charges,” Cowan said, referring to charges he faces after a police search April 4, 2017.
Cowan said he has a date set for October in Williams Lake Supreme Court where he plans to defend himself.
“Our customers are all adults seeking an alternative,” he said. “We are a legitimate business providing a service.”
Williams Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. Del Byron said police have a duty