Recreational pot stores on Mohawk land raided by cops

AKWESASNE — The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service has confirmed the raids on two recreational cannabis dispensaries on Cornwall Island were conducted because both businesses did not have a licence from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Police simultaneously descended on Wild Flower Cannabis Dispensary and AK420 with search warrants in the early afternoon on Tuesday. They seized quantities of cannabis buds, accessories, and even seized quantities of a cannabis resin known commonly as shatter.

Charges against the proprietors of the stores are still pending, but the Mohawk police say they plan to lay charges under the federal Cannabis Act at the Cornwall court later this week. The names of those arrested have not been released. The Mohawk police say the investigation is ongoing and that more individuals may face charges.

It is notable the lack of an MCA-issued licence — rather than a provincial one — is being cited as the reason for the raids, and criminal charges are also being brought under the federal legislation, instead of Ontario’s Cannabis Control Act.