East Vancouver marijuana shop searched by Vancouver Police
WATCH: Vancouver Police shut down a marijuana store for allegedly supplying weed to people selling to kids.
Vancouver Police paid a visit to a popular eastside pot store Thursday afternoon.
Officers armed with a search warrant entered the Jim’s Weeds Lounge at 882 East Hastings Street after reports that marijuana was being bought at the store and allegedly sold to youth in the area.
Five customers and three staff in the store were “identified” according to police. They were later released. No arrests were made.
Cards advertising deals on marijuana were reportedly being handed out at Waterfront Station on Wednesday.
The store is currently advertising somewhat of a blowout sale on their Facebook page, saying they are “rolling back prices.”
In June, they ran a Facebook page contest, giving away two free 1 oz. samples of “premium BC bud” to two of their Facebook fans.
“The VPD will continue to respond to any complaints about illegal marijuana use and sales and decide if further investigation or enforcement action is required. Our priority remains focusing on violent drug traffickers and those who prey on youth, the marginalized or the drug addicted,” reads a statement from the Vancouver Police Department.
“Our frontline officers will continue to use discretion enforcing the possession and consumption of marijuana under federal law. Options include criminal charges, seizures and violation tickets for smoking under the city bylaws.”
Pressure to legalize the sale of marijuana has been building in B.C., especially after the start of legal marijuana sales in Washington state.