Hamilton dispensary robbed at gunpoint, then raided by police: owner

Robbery | John Rennison,The Hamilton Spectator

A medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Hamilton was robbed at gunpoint Saturday. 

“Basically, four guys ran in with guns,” Mike Desrochers, who has run Delta Nine medical marijuana dispensary at 2 Catharine St. N. since August, said Sunday. 

Desrochers said the armed robbers, who burst into the shop around 1:30 p.m., didn’t make off with much, however. “They were too stupid to open the cash drawer.”

Staff Sgt. Marco Del Conte said four suspects fled the scene in a vehicle. 

Desrochers, who called 911 to report the robbery, says police stayed to investigate but then produced a warrant hours later. 

“They took everything else that was in the store,” he said. “All our product was taken, and we’re back to zero.” 

Police and the Hamilton’s bylaw department have raided several illegal dispensaries in recent months. Owners argue they’re providing an essential medical service that Health Canada-licensed facilities aren’t meeting. 

The police’s BEAR, and vice and drugs units are working together on the investigation, Del Conte said, but couldn’t comment on the warrant.

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