Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Police Defend Seizure of Pot Products from Downtown Eastside

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Police Defend Seizure of Pot Products from Downtown Eastside

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Vancouver police defend pot seizure

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Vancouver police say officers weren't conducting a raid when they seized cannabis products from a program that offers marijuana to heroin addicts on the city's Downtown Eastside.

Police issued a news release Wednesday saying the operator of the High Hopes booth at the Hastings Street Market had been warned last Thursday that products on display were clearly marked for sale and packaged in a manner consistent with trafficking, an illegal activity not allowed at the market.

They say officers allowed the man, who told them the cannabis products were medicinal, to pack up and leave with no further action.

But police say they were forced to act the next day despite a hostile crowd when they found the same prepackaged and loose cannabis products, pill capsules, vaping products and two bottles of an unknown white powder. …

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