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.
This is the latest in a series of recent marijuana dispensary robberies in Toronto
The Canna Clinic dispensary was robbed on Thursday night. (Chris Mulligan/CBC)
Toronto police are investigating after a gun was fired during the robbery of a marijuana dispensary on Thursday night.
Police received a call for a robbery at Canna Clinic dispensary near Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street East at 10:40 pm.
Police say three suspects with their faces covered walked into the business with a gun and stole a quantity of marijuana and cash.
A gun was discharged inside the store, but nobody was injured.
Police say the suspects were adult males in their 30s and ask anyone with information to call investigators at 55 division.
Police say they have cleared the scene as of Friday morning.
This is the latest in a series of recent marijuana dispensary robberies in Toronto.
Earlier this year, Toronto police said these dispensaries are operating illegally and while they would not withhold services from dispensary staff, they would seize any illegal narcotics found on a premises during a robbery investigation.