One of the dispensaries was twice notified that it was operating illegally before the raid occurred.
The province of British Columbia is petitioning the courts for authorization to seize money and property associated with two cannabis dispensaries, one the first of its kind in Squamish.
99 North Cannabis Dispensary was shut down after a raid by Community Safety Unit and RCMP officers last November, at which time the store’s product was seized. Another unlicensed Squamish dispensary, Grass Roots Medicinal Cannabis, was raided the same day and also faces potential seizures of money and property.
The director of civil forfeiture filed a lawsuit against 99 North owner Bryan Trevor Raiser at the end of last month, also naming numbered corporation 1113375 B.C. Ltd., of which Raiser is the sole director.
“99 North is an illegal cannabis retailer,” reads the claim, noting that “neither of the defendants have licences to distribute or sell marijuana or cannabis to any person or entity.” The claim also reads that the dispensary was twice notified it was operating illegally before the raid occurred.
The pot shop opened in 2015, although according to the claim, both land and house became registered under the numbered corporation in late 2017. The property in question is not the location of the dispensary, nor is it believed to be Raiser’s primary residence.
The lawsuit seeks the cash seized during the RCMP raid, which amounted to just over $4,000, as well as a house and land located on Second Ave. that is registered under the aforementioned 1113375 B.C. Ltd, valued at $634,000.
It is argued the money and property are “proceeds and instruments of unlawful activity” and should, thus, be turned over to the province.
“The director may apply to the court for an order forfeiting to the government property that is an instrument of unlawful activity,” notes the claim. “By converting the proceeds of the unlawful activity into the property and money, the property and money were used by the defendants as instruments of unlawful activity, namely the laundering of proceeds of crime.”
Thus far, Raiser has not filed a statement of response. The claims against 99 North or Grass Roots have yet to be proven in court.
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Written by Emma Spears