Burnaby RCMP shut down alleged illegal cannabis dispensary with “shockingly large quantities" of products

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      RCMP announced that they have shut down an alleged illegal cannabis dispensary in Burnaby.

      According to an August 19 news release, Burnaby RCMP, drug investigators, City of Burnaby bylaw officers, and provincial agencies worked together on an investigation, launched in June, into a dispensary operation located on Imperial Street near Royal Oak Avenue in Burnaby.

      Burnaby RCMP stated that they were “particularly concerned” about this location “given numerous reports of youths frequenting and possibly obtaining cannabis from the site”.

      At the venue, officers used a search warrant and seized “massive quantities” of cannabis and derivatives, assorted paraphernalia, and cash, although specific amounts were not detailed.

      RCMP also stated that “shockingly large quantities of cannabis products, including edibles” were found during at the location.

      Police are reminding citizens that edibles remain illegal in Canada and “can pose serious health risks to consumers given unregulated dosage, possible contamination by unknown substances, and their inherent appeal to children”.

      According to Burnaby RCMP, the shutdown was made possible due to information provided community members.

      The Georgia Straight has contacted Burnaby RCMP for further information.

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