Police raid Halifax medical marijuana operation

DAVENE JEFFREY – STAFF REPORTER
Gerry Randall, a military veteran who uses marijuana to treat his epilepsy, said Friday afternoon that he tried to get in to the Farm Assists Cannabis Resource Centre on Gottingen Street in Halifax and noticed the police inside. (INGRID BULMER / Staff)

Gerry Randall, a military veteran who uses marijuana to treat his epilepsy, said Friday afternoon that he tried to get in to the Farm Assists Cannabis Resource Centre on Gottingen Street in Halifax and noticed the police inside. (INGRID BULMER / Staff)

A Halifax police raid on The Farm Assists Cannabis Resource Centre, a medical marijuana operation on Gottingen Street on Friday, was part of an “ongoing investigation,” a police spokesman said.

Police showed up at “the Farm” as it is sometimes called, run by Chris Enns and Sherri Reeve, early in the afternoon and left after about a hour and a half, carrying some cardboard boxes. Officers also locked the shop’s doors.

There was no sign of either owner.

The store offers bongs, T-shirts, hemp backpacks, grinders and, in the back, about 12 strains of weed for licensed medicinal marijuana users.

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Chris Enns of The Farm Assists Cannabis Resource Centre on Gottingen Street holds up a joint on July 16. (TED PRITCHARD/ Staff/ File)

Chris Enns of The Farm Assists Cannabis Resource Centre on Gottingen Street holds up a joint on July 16. (TED PRITCHARD/ Staff/ File)

Officers put some items seized from The Farm Assists Cannabis Resource Centre on Gottingen Street in a police vehicle on Friday. (DAVENE JEFFREY)

Officers put some items seized from The Farm Assists Cannabis Resource Centre on Gottingen Street in a police vehicle on Friday. (DAVENE JEFFREY)

Police raid medical marijuana shop in Halifax

Farm Assists pot shopHalifax Regional Police conduct a search at the Farm Assists Cannabis Resource Centre on Sept. 5, 2014. (CTV Atlantic)

Halifax Regional Police confirm they are conducting a search at a medicinal marijuana shop on Gottingen Street.

Police have released few details about the raid at the Farm Assists Cannabis Resource Centre, only to say it is in “regards to an ongoing investigation.”

Officers were seen carrying boxes from the shop, which opened in July. According to its website, Farm Assists is a vapour lounge that also provides medicinal marijuana.

People over the age of 19 who have a licence to smoke medicinal marijuana can purchase products at the shop and smoke them in the back, using a vaporizer.

“What I’m trying to do is provide an opportunity for people who aren’t sure this is the medicine for them to learn more about it and those who are sure it’s for them, who have a doctor’s signature, to fill that void of access,” said storeowner Chris Enns during an interview with CTV News last month.

Enns has a licence to grow, use and supply medicinal marijuana, but Health Canada prohibits sales of medicinal marijuana through storefronts.

Enns acknowledged during an interview last month that his store could be raided at some point.

“I recognize that any moment in time I could find myself in jail until we get the chance to express that constitutional challenge before the authorities,” he said.

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July 2014 – Farm assist opened last weekend and is Halifax’s first marijuana lounge. Chris Enns opened the cannabis resource centre to be able to provide Haligonians with medical marijuana.