The first time I got busted at an illegal dispensary #storytime

6 months ago

Approx 8-10 minute read

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This is my story of being charged with drug trafficking for the first time while working in an illegal dispensary.

This happened almost 2 years ago, so I fell comfortable talking about it publicly. I have changed the names of the others involved.

On Sunday the 22nd of Jan, I was settling into a chilled night-shift of management at the dispensary. I started cleaning the windows because there had not been many customers during the afternoon/evening.

As I was cleaning the front windows from the inside, I see two 19-20 year olds burst through the door like something was chasing them. I asked them "what's up", they replied through short breaths "nothing, we're ok".

I go back to cleaning the windows and I see 3 police on bicycles pull up outside the store. As there had been a shooting in the area just a couple of days prior, I was told to co-operate and engage with police if they were wanting surveillance video etc.

I go outside (DUMB IDEA), and ask them, very politely, "hi guys, what can I help you with today?". They reply, "what is going on in there?". "What do you mean?", i responded. I could feel my hands getting sweatier and sweatier.

They said, "two guys ran in here, what is going on? Do you work here? Who is the boss of this store?". Honestly, they aggressively asked me questions like these for 5 minutes, all the while blocking me from going back in and getting the f out of dodge. through the back door.

Since I had cleaning gloves on, I replied: "I'm a part-time cleaner here, I come in for a couple shifts a week, just trying to make a bit of money really".

They finally let me back inside because they could see there were others working there at the time. They told me to tell the others to come outside.

After quickly closing the other staff members behind the green door, the police started knocking on the front door incredibly hard. I let them in and they got 10 times more aggressive with me. 'WHO DO YOU WORK FOR? DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE TRAFFIKING DRUGS?"

The police demanded to see the other staff members behind the locked door. I told them if they entered without permission that I would sue them (empty threat), but they listened and sat down.

I was let into the back area by Paul (not his real name), and I told them (Paul and one other) to have a quick talk to the cops. The cops were incredibly aggressive with them also. The other staff member had already left out the back with some important documents and cash, which was our plan if shit hit the fan.

After the police had finished harassing Paul and the other member of staff, I opened the green door and whispered to get the "F*** out through the back door. Take anything you can take before they come around the other side".

By this point in time, the police had smelt the cannabis in the dispensary and had called for back-up. I came back out, closing the green door behind me. They told me to open it.

I opened the green door and told them the other staff had left. The police then threatened me with arrest for obstruction, as well as disrupting an active police investigation. They now knew there was a back door and one of the officers went around the back, thankfully, the staff had gotten away.

The staff member who left first with the documents and cash, let us call her Shannon, gets a call from the owner of the dispensary who has seen all of this stuff happening on camera. Shannon is holed up in a restaurant that is next door. The owner was super-chill and was a regular customer also, we had a good relationship with the neighbouring businesses. The police had told me I was pretty screwed because of the others running off, I still claimed I was just a cleaner.

Anyway, during this call, the owner tells Shannon to enter back into the dispensary and tell the police to leave! As you can imagine, Shannon was in handcuffs within 20 seconds after being admitted to being an employee of the dispensary itself.

The police searched her bag and found EVERYTHING. Timesheets with everyone's names on them, cash, keys to the back and green doors, and other documents that could tie all of us to this location and activity.

We both asked them if they had a warrant, and if they could leave until they obtained one. They responded with "No, you're lucky you're not going to jail".

BEFORE the warrant had been processed, the police took photographs, emptied the registers, bagged cannabis, and emptied out shelves of dab rigs, bongs, and other stuff. I was a witness to this happening in front of my eyes and I could not believe it.

This had taken close to 2 hours already. I was getting antsy, anxious, and really pissed-off with the police and how I was being treated.

The police made a formal arrest of Shannon, but we were both held inside the dispensary. The police were badgering me for such a long time about my role in the store. I was sticking to my guns about being a cleaner, they had no evidence to the contrary, and in this type of situation, it is better to give the police no information.

Shannon was served with her papers for a court appearance for 2 charges of trafficking a controlled substance under the CDSA (cannabis and concentrates) as well as a charge for possession of proceeds of crime (over 5k). She then left.

After 5 minutes of sitting there watching them rifle through our beloved dispensary like some sort of trap house,I asked if I could leave. The police advised me that I could speak to a lawyer if I chose. I was like "nah, what do I need that for, you're letting me go".

It was at that point I was handed the same court appearance notice with my name and details on it. I was given a summons for the exact same charges as Shannon.

The police explained the charges and what would happen if I did not turn up to court. I was in absolute shock.

I left the store with all of the police still there, I looked back at what was once my beloved work place to see an enemy looting a plundered drug operation.

As I left, I bumped into a regular customer. She had been watching the police activity for over an hour and she knew who I was from our interactions in the store. She was the sweetest girl, who had obviously had some addiciton issues and other stuff going on in her life. After I got a massive hug from her, I felt 100 times better. I haven't seen her again to this day, I hope she is ok.

I then met up with the owner and other management and we watched them destroy the entire store through the security cameras until they found the recording device for that and pulled it out. Here's a couple pics that were screenshotted from the incident.

Fast forward to my court appearance 3 months later and....

ALL CHARGES DROPPED BECAUSE POLICE DID NOT HAVE A WARRANT TO ENTER IN THE BEGINNING!

Thanks to my lawyer Jack Lloyd, this guy is the man.

Honestly, I feel so much better having typed this all out. I started welling up about halfway through because I realized I had not fully re-lived this shi**y incident. Take from this story what you can.

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Thank you for reading this if you did. I have one more tale like this and it ended much worse. I will type that up at some point too.

#dispensarytales #longstory #reefermadness



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What a twisted story!

Marijuana desperately needs to be decriminalized 💚

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thanks for reading lexsmoke :) and yep, I agree, and all former convictions should be thrown TF out

Damn, that would suck...all for a plant. At least you had a good lawyer and he got a little advertising too:-) Always best to keep the trap shut and let it all play out. The time sheet thing...ugh. But no one really knows how they will respond until in a situation like this.

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Yeah 100%, they were super aggressive towards us, I had no idea what to do, but definitely happy how it turned out. Thanks for reading Toker!

And now all those Police are on the Payroll of the Giant Cannabis LP's in Canada - still busting Dispensaries and stealing their Weed .... Making Millions from all the weed they steal ... even till today. Every City in Canada.

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I had a nabor county highway patrol steal from people he pulled over and he would ship it to Texas and other states to sell. I'm glad that thug got caught and arrested.

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what?! that is insane! do you have any links to a new story or anything?

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That is what happens when legalization get pushed hard and fast without people reading the new laws, reason why California voted no on first legalization ballot.

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Yeah but up here it is the Government and Police running the Big Business Weed and closing down all the small organic farmers and growers.

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And the second one two. Third time's the charm!!

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I agree 100% - a lot of corruption going on with companies scrambling to become to first corporate monopoly in the weed game

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So much Pumping and Dumping of Stocks every day -- None of these companies seem to really care about quality Cannabis. It's all about the Money Money Money.

That was a close call. Lucky you made it out without being charged. The lawyer stuff is always interesting. They can change the whole game in no time.

At the end turned out good for you. How did others went?

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Well, I am on a PB right now, so not good, but not as bad as it could have gone!

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Fuck that shit. Went through it as well. I can't have my police vetting for 2 more years, and I have medical field college degree.

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Dude, that sucks. It is not even worth taking the risk to travel to the US or anything like that either

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Not really missing out on much, the US is going down the trash chute.

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That is a whole 'nother thread in itself!

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yeah, no kidding, eh?

Police, Law Force, Legal System busting Cannabis Dispensaries selling good Weed are the biggest Hypocrites in Canada and on Planet Earth right now.

Pretty fucked up, they should have been doing real work investigating real crime, crooks!

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Yeah, especially because we were in a neighbourhood that was known for violence and real drug use and trafficking

Crazy story! Dealing with police is very unnerving.

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I felt anxious and tight in the chest for a couple days afterwards, it is hard to deal with being intimidated and threated that much, especially when they have guns

I'm glad you got off without meeting Bubba in your cell. Decriminalization is always best step before going head first into poorly written legalization laws. I always ask the police that harass me over cannabis why they don't focus with the opioid and meth epidemic

The pharma lobby dont like cannabis.
It helps so many guys and should be legal. So the quality will be better too. I agree with you guys;)

Great story with happy end . i bet you get stressed as hell XD

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I was so anxious yesterday just typing it TBH. It was a really bad situation to be in for someone like me who had no family in the city at the time and only 1 or 2 friends

Fucking cops. They think they are above the law and that what they say is the law. Those who let such people become officers who are supposed to protect and server are complete idiots and should be fired. The ego boost those picks get from the badge is disgusting.
How do you mean illigal dispenseri? Could you elaborate the difference?

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Well, in Toronto, it was more of a grey-market in which the ontario police were still enforcing the law. In Vancouver, the police publicly stated they would not mess with any dispensaries because they were providing a required service. Toronto police are C**TS who love to pretend like they are in NY or something lol

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Oh wow. That's some messed up shit right there. Well atleast now it is legal in Canada and they can go f themselves.

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To be fair, I was quite naive to this fact before entering into the industry in Toronto

Crazy story. Is there any sort of followup in the 2 years that have passed? What was left in the store after the cops left? Was the place considered "closed" from that moment on? Did you talk to the rest of the dispensary staff since? Did the cops get in to any sort of trouble for not having a warrant and stealing all your stash?

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Also, store re-opened 3 days later, I started working back there a week later, as I had no conditions to my court appearance

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No follow up what-so-ever. But, I was fully arrested a while later for the same sh*t and spent the day in the cells one time, and it came up! The cops were like so you have been charged with this stuff before right? you claimed you were the janitor? LOL will include that part in my next dispensary tale. I don't think the cops got into any trouble waht-so-ever. They called me a few months later asking me if I wanted to come pick up my property, I was like hell yeah over 15lbs of bud and cash? give it to me! I arrived and it was containers, and scales :( not bad, but not what I was expecting.

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Them smoking 15lbs in a few months is impressive 😂

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LOL probably sold it to an LP

Damn these cops knew what was up, they had one go at it without a warrant and totally did the worst they could still get away with! Shocking really, sadly all part of the risk involved running such a biz.

A crazy story.
I didn't know there are illegal dispensary.

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Ive seen over 10 in California during pre legalization when it's all medical.

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in ontario, it was more of grey-market, whereas in British Columbia the poilce publicly stated they would never raid dispensaires