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Police raid six pot shops, arrest nine store employees

(OttawaCitizen) Ottawa police raided six marijuana dispensaries Friday morning, closing a big chunk of the city’s pot shops in one fell swoop. It’s the first police action against the dispensaries that have been popping up in Ottawa, and is bound to ratchet up the heated debate over what to do about the illegal shops. Teams of police officers, some in black balaclavas, descended on six dispensaries shortly after 10 a.m. and emerged with plastic bags stuffed with jars of dried weed and cannabis cookies, candy and pop. A search warrant on a seventh dispensary, which had already closed due to an eviction, was executed Thursday. The targeted shops are operated by a B.C.-based outfit that moved into Ottawa this summer, opening dispensaries called Green Tree, WeeMedical and CannaGreen.

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