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Two K’ómoks First Nation cannabis dispensaries reopen one day after raid

The Buddery House, at 3230 Comox Rd., reopened for business on Thursday, Feb. 15, one day after having all its product seized in a raid by the Government of BC Community Safety Unit (CSU). Photo by Terry Farrell

A steady stream of customers flowed through the Buddery House, one day after the Government of BC Community Safety Unit (CSU) seized all the cannabis products from the K’ómoks First Nation cannabis dispensary.

The Buddery House, 3420 Cannabis and Cedar Bark Dispensary were all forcibly shut down by the CSU on Wednesday, Feb. 14, after co-ordinated, simultaneous raids on the three businesses.

One day later, it was business (almost) as usual at the Buddery House. 3420 Cannabis also re-opened on Thursday, both with limited stock. (Cedar Bark Dispensary remained closed.)

“We just decided to reopen,” said Buddery House manager Jon Preece. “We believe we have the right to operate and that the regulations do not apply to us.

“The customers have been very supportive today. They are absolutely thrilled that they can get a good product at a good price.”

The Record has reached out to Buddery House lawyer Robert Laurie for further comment.

CSU personnel have not responded to interview requests.

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Terry Farrell

About the Author: Terry Farrell

Terry returned to Black Press in 2014, after seven years at a daily publication in Alberta. He brings 14 years of editorial experience to Comox Valley Record...
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