The Vancouver Police Department announced today that an investigation into a business on Vancouver’s West side has resulted in a search, arrests and the seizure of evidence, as the VPD cracks down on law-breaking marijuana retailers.
According to a statement from the police unit, the investigation of Weeds Glass and Gifts, located at 2916 West 4th Avenue, began in March after the public reported safety concerns after a 15-year-old boy was sent to hospital after allegedly purchasing edible pot products from the store.
After an initial review, officers gathered enough evidence to obtain a search warrant and on Wednesday, April 29, they entered the Weeds, arrested staff and searched the business for additional evidence. Customers and staff at the store were identified and released pending further investigation.
VPD says their priority remains focusing on violent drug traffickers and those who target youth and the marginalized. However, VPD says these shops are all illegal and they will continue to respond to concerns and take steps to decide if further investigation or enforcement action is required.
Operators and staff of illegal businesses are reminded by VPD that they are subject to criminal charges while owners or landlords could also find themselves the subject of penalties.
The VPD is aware of medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city and has taken enforcement action against several by obtaining nine search warrants in the past 18 months. Police will take action again if there are public safety concerns, particularly if they involve youth.
Weeds Glass and Gifts operates seven locations in the City of Vancouver.