TO: All Media Outlets
FROM: Chief Constable Paul Burkart
SUBJECT: Search Warrant – MMJ Marijuana Dispensaries
On the morning of March 20, 2018, members of the Nelson Police Department executed a search warrant at the MMJ marijuana dispensary located on Vernon Street in Nelson. Police took five employees into custody from that location. The execution of the warrant was done without incident. Charges against the employees are pending.
The Nelson Police Department and the City of Nelson have attempted to deal fairly, professionally and progressively with the medical marijuana businesses that sell product to legitimate customers who require prescribed medical marijuana. Shops owners and staff have been educated by both our department and city staff that licensing is strictly for medical marijuana. Business owners and their staff should be well aware that any activities outside the sale of medical marijuana could be subject to investigation, and may result in charges, both under local bylaws and the criminal code.
Until charges are formally laid, we will be making no further comment on this investigation as it is still on-going. A further update can be expected in the next week.