VANCOUVER Police are investigating after firearms were located during an inspection of an unlicensed marijuana store by the Province’s Community Safety Unit (CSU).
“The Community Safety Unit has the authority to enter premises where cannabis is being sold without a provincial retail store licence and take enforcement action, including seizing cannabis,” said Constable Tania Visintin on Friday. “Legislation states that a seller must be licensed by the provincial government and that product for sale must be sourced through the provincial government to ensure the safety of the product, and ultimately, the consumer. The unlicensed sale of cannabis is illegal.”
Officers from VPD’s Organized Crime Section and patrol assisted investigators from the CSU during an inspection of an unlicensed cannabis business located near Clarke Drive and William Street on June 9. While conducting their inspection, CSU investigators discovered two handguns. VPD’s Organized Crime Unit obtained a search warrant to seize the weapons.
“Knowing these illegal weapons are in shops around the city is definitely concerning and it poses a risk to the public,” said Visintin.
A large volume of cannabis oils, cannabis topicals and cannabis edibles were seized with an estimated retail value of $50,000-$60,000.
In addition to the cannabis products, CSU located approximately 25 pounds of dried Psilocybin (mushrooms), approximately 75 pounds of Psilocybin infused edible products, and hundreds of individually packaged Psilocybin powder mixed with nutrition supplements. The estimated retail value is $100,000.
A 35-year-old man was arrested and has been released pending further investigation.
The investigation is ongoing.
The CSU, under the Policing and Security Branch of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is responsible for compliance and enforcement under the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.