HALIFAX –Regional Police seized marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cash after a search of a north-end dispensary on Wednesday morning, just hours after the contentious business had reported a break-in.
Police said officers at first responded to a report of a smashed-out window at Coastal Cannapy Medical Dispensary Inc. at 2411 Agricola St. around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Police opened an investigation into the break-in, but during the course of that investigation said officers found what appeared to be drugs and passed the file along to the Special Enforcement Section.
A search warrant was executed just after 11:30 a.m., according to police, who said in a release a “large quantity” of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of cash was seized.
Police said both investigations remained ongoing as of Wednesday evening, with no arrests made or charges laid in either case.
No suspect had been identified in the break-in, but Coastal Cannapy took to its Instagram page on Wednesday morning to announce the news, later noting its video evidence indicated “someone dumb and drunk” was responsible.
Initially, the dispensary posted for customers not to “panic” and that police were on scene to investigate a break-in and they would open their doors as soon as possible.
Later, after news of the seizure inside the dispensary had been made public, it updated its post.
“Halifax Regional Police the real robbery artist, they took everything!!!!”
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Dispensary the subject of an ongoing battle with HRM
The break-in and seizure comes exactly one week after HRM announced it had applied for an order from Nova Scotia Supreme Court to close the cannabis shop, noting it had remained open despite a provincial order to close its doors.
HRM said the business was violating land-use bylaws by operating without an occupancy permit, something it wouldn’t receive as long as it was selling ‘illegal products.’
A court order would allow the municipality to change the locks on the building and force the business out permanently.
A date for a hearing in Nova Scotia Supreme Court has not been set.