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Multiple charges and arrests after raids at Magna Terra marijuana shops

(Inside Magna Terra on Iber Road. File photo.)

The owner of the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary chain is among seven arrested and charged after police raids on his two Ottawa dispensaries and a private home on Tuesday.

The raids resulted in the seizure of a loaded .44 calibre Desert Eagle handgun, marijuana and other drugs, cash, documents and computers and cell phones, according to Ottawa Police.   Continue reading


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LINKED: Iber Road marijuana dispensary raided by police

Jacquie Miller reports in the Ottawa Citizen:

Ottawa police raided two more marijuana dispensaries Tuesday, this time targeting a locally owned chain that was the first to open shop in town.

Police executed search warrants at the Magna Terra Health Services shops on Carling Avenue and on Iber Road in Stittsville.

They carted away bags of dried weed, edible cannabis products and oils. No information had been released on arrests by late afternoon.

It was the 13th raid on a dispensary in Ottawa since last November.

Police have warned that the shops are operating illegally and drug laws against trafficking are still on the books. Dispensaries have been opening across the country in advance of the federal government’s promise to legalize recreational pot this spring.

Read the full story…

Magna Terra opened on Iber Road last summer.


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SPECIAL REPORT: Neighbours express mixed views on Iber Road pot shop

(ABOVE: John O’Dacre lives in Granite Ridge, near the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary on Iber Road. He says he doesn’t oppose marijuana itself but wants a legal framework in place before dispensaries are allowed to open. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

When Vèronique Pourbaix-Kent, principal of Ecole Paul-Desmarais, learned a marijuana dispensary had opened down the road from her school, she fired off an email to Councillor Shad Qadri to voice her displeasure.

“A shop of this nature should obviously not be near a high school,” she wrote. “I am sure that when the dust settles, the laws and bylaws surrounding the sale of pot will make it illegal for a [dispensary] to open near a school and they will have to close.” Continue reading


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Charges laid in Iber Road marijuana dispensary robbery

(via Ottawa Police)

The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is investigating the robberies of several marijuana dispensaries and charges have been laid in connection to three incidents.

Year to date in 2016, the Robbery Unit has received seven reports related to the robbery of marijuana dispensaries.  Six of those incidents have been in October-November and investigations have been ongoing.  Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Marijuana dispensary cited for zoning violation

(Photo: Inside Magna Terra on Iber Road. Supplied photo.)

The Ottawa Citizen reports that the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary in Stittsville has received a notice of a zoning violation from the City of Ottawa.

“Two dispensaries have received notices of zoning violations for operating ‘retail stores’ in industrial zones. City inspectors are also investigating the take-out window in a boarded-up pot shop to see if the operation violates the building code, ” writes Jacquie Miller in Saturday’s Citizen. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Live music at Quitters, Huntmar’s truck problem

MORE MUSIC AT QUITTERS

I was at Quitters on Saturday night for trivia and two notable things happened.

For one, my team won. That’s a first. Congrats to J, Lorrie and Greg, aka the smart people on my team.

Second, Quizmaster Rick announced that Quitters will be launching some new programming this fall, including a live music series featuring Kathleen Edwards and other musicians.  Watch for details soon.

Photo by Katie Shapiro
Photo by Katie Shapiro

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Q&A: If marijuana dispensaries are illegal, why aren’t they being shut down?

We’ve had a lot of questions from readers about the legal status of Magna Terra, the marijuana dispensary that’s set to open soon on Iber Road. If marijuana dispensaries are illegal, why are they allowed to continue operating in Ottawa? The answer: it’s complicated!

Is marijuana legal in Canada or not?
Marijuana for recreational use is illegal; marijuana for medical use has been legal in Canada since 2001. Continue reading


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COMMENT: Marijuana shop may be illegal, but risk to community is low

(PHOTO: If it wasn’t for all the media coverage you might never know this was a marijuana dispensary.)

I stopped in at Magna Terra’s open house over lunch today. Owner Franco Vigile was there along with one of his staff (a registered nurse) serving finger sandwiches and bottled water to visitors.

Magna Terra is the new medical marijuana dispensary on Iber Road that’s scheduled to open later this month. The facility, and others like it, are operating illegally — at least until the Liberal government finalizes new legislation for the sale and use of marijuana. Continue reading


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LETTER: Marijuana dispensary owner responds to councillor’s comments

(ABOVE: Franco Vigile, owner of the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary on Iber Road, is holding an open house on August 2 and 3.)

Re: Marijuana dispensary too close to schools, says Qadri

It’s really unfortunate to see certain attempts made to install fear into the community after all of the efforts I have made to ensure this facility will be ran safely and responsibly with full regard for the surrounding communities. I would like to make a couple clarifications to Councillor Qadri’s comments. Continue reading


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Marijuana dispensary too close to schools, says Qadri

(Shad Qadri shared these comments in his weekly newsletter to residents today.)

As many of you may be aware, a new medicinal marijuana dispensary, Magna Terra, is slated to open soon at 83 Iber Road.
This will be the City of Ottawa’s sixth unlicensed marijuana dispensary of a potential nine in the coming months. Licensed dispensaries, such as the one in Smiths Falls aptly named “Tweed”, operate on a mail-order basis. Doctor’s prescriptions can be submitted and product is handled and packaged in a plant before being delivered directly to its recipient. These services are safe, reliable, and ensure that all operations are within the guidelines sanctioned by the government of Ontario.

Unlicensed dispensaries, alternatively, do not operate within these same regulations. Continue reading


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Open house at Iber Road marijuana shop August 2 & 3

(via Magna Terra Health Services)

I would like to invite the residents and businesses of Stittsville to Magna Terra’s two day community engagement event whereby all are welcome to come by our west end location at 83 Iber Rd. and have an opportunity to ask questions and see the facility on August 2nd and 3rd from 12pm to 7pm. Continue reading


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COMMENT: Marijuana benefits are real, but so are the risks

(PHOTO: Lemon kush / photo by Mark via Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons license.)

(Editor’s note: A medical marijuana dispensary called Magna Terra will be opening soon on Iber Road. Most of the public reaction we’ve seen online has been overwhelmingly positive, but there has been some concern as well. Here’s some context from Kanata resident Liz Hall, who works in the health care field.)
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STITTSVEGAS PODCAST: Marijuana dispensary, refugees, local band at Bluesfest

Devyn Barrie put together another strong Stittsvegas podcast this week. Guests include:

You can listen to the full podcast here…

 

 

 


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Marijuana dispensary opening soon on Iber Road

(Photo via Facebook.)

From beads to buds… Magna Terra, a medical marijuana dispensary, will be opening soon at 83 Iber Road, in the space formerly occupied by Dragon’s Lair Beads. Here’s their Facebook page.   Technically it’s still illegal to open a storefront marijuana store in Canada.

(Thanks Brad S. for the beads to buds line!)

Here’s an article from the Ottawa Citizen:

Stittsville is also about to get a marijuana dispensary, which will bring to six the number of store-front businesses illegally selling marijuana in Ottawa. The Ottawa stores all cater to medical marijuana patients. Medical marijuana is legal in Canada, but only for patients with a doctor’s prescription who purchase it from growers licensed by Health Canada, who send the medicine by registered mail.

Coming soon is a sixth Ottawa dispensary, on Iber Road in Stittsville. There will be an open house to launch Magna Terra Health Services, probably later this month, said majority owner Franco Vigile. Vigile said he talked to Coun. Shad Qadri and the community policing officer for the area to assure them the business will operate safely and responsibly.

Qadri, in a telephone interview, said he advised Vigile to check with city bylaw officials. “At this point in time, the drug is illegal,” he said. “Based on that, I am not in favour of the (dispensary).”

Vigile is also part owner of Ottawa Medical Dispensary on Carling Avenue, which was the first marijuana dispensary in town when it opened in November 2015. OMD has 1,000 patients, and many travel from the west end, so Vigile said he thought a Stittsville location was needed. Read the full story…

UPDATE: Councillor Shad Qadri shared these additional comments in his weekly newsletter to residents.

I feel it is important to state that while it is known to be our current Federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana sale in the near future, the drug – as well as its dispensaries – at the present time still remains illegal. To that end, I am not comfortable with an unlicensed business of this nature operating within our community at the present time.

Although I can appreciate the medicinal qualities and pain relief these products may offer, there are sufficient distribution channels and networks already available to receive those medications such as Tweed, a licensed mail-order dispensary based in Smiths Falls.

If/when these establishments obtain licenses, the federal government will put markers in terms of distribution that will facilitate operations. However, until that time, I will be working very closely with Ottawa Police Service and City of Ottawa By-Law departments to ensure that proper enforcement is in play.

I have been in contact with the owners and have been assured that this particular facility will include a doctor on site and should only be servicing people with pre-existing prescriptions for purchase. In my initial conversations with owner, Franco Vigile, I had mentioned to him to go and consult with our planning department and to hold a public consultation session before moving forward.

I have now been advised that once opened, the owners will be inviting the public in to see their operations as an open house setting with no displays of product.

Until that time, I will remain in communications with Mr. Vigile and will be providing community updates as those conversations progress.


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