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Police bust weed dispensary on First Nation reserve

Two people have been arrested and a warrant is being issued for a third after police raided a marijuana dispensary within the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Reserve.

The Sarnia Police Service said officers told the owners at Pot of Gold Medicals and Edibles at 1836 St. Clair Pkwy. to cease operations back on August 29 or they would face charges.  Police allege no action was taken and obtained a search warrant, which was executed on Thursday at around 1:30 p.m.

Officers seized around $1,900 worth of cannabis edibles, including gummy bears, brownies, and suckers. Police also seized three pounds of various strains of marijuana with a value of $16,200, along with $5065 in currency.

As a result, a 36-year-old man was arrested at the scene and charged with trafficking a controlled substance, public mischief, and possession of a prohibited weapon (a can of pepper spray).  A 35-year-old man was also arrested at the scene and charged with trafficking a controlled substance.

A warrant is being sought for a third person, a 41-year-old woman, who is facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Police are reminding the public that the legislation legalizing marijuana is not yet in effect, and possession or sale of the drug remains illegal. Marijuana will become legal in Canada on October 17, 2018.