Police raid Compassion House pot shop in Windsor

Police raid Compassion House pot shop in Windsor
I dont know why they raided us, Windsor police close Compassion House
Windsor police have raided a cannabis shop, suspected of selling recreational marijuana in the citys west end.

The Compassion House, which is run by local pot activist Leo Lucier, is now closed and under a police investigation.

The only way to purchase cannabis legally in Ontario is through the online Ontario Cannabis Store. The provincial government says storefronts will be open by Spring 2019.

Police confirm members of the Drugs and Guns Unit arrived at the pot shop on Tecumseh Road West at Church Street around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said they raided the store under a warrant Nov. 6 around 5 p.m., arrested four people and removed boxes of pot for evidence.

Police were also turning people away as they arrived at the store Tuesday evening, as officers carried boxes out of the store.

The business made local headlines at the end of October after it helped fill the Windsor Home Coalition’s food bank shelves.

Another resident, who did not want to be named, admitted to AM800 News that he has purchased cannabis from the store after marijuana was legalized on Oct. 17.

On Oct. 17, The Compassion House hosted a celebration of legalization, which served as a fundraiser for the Downtown Mission.

However, the only way for Ontario residents to purchase cannabis legally is online, through the Ontario Cannabis Store.

The Compassion House has allegedly been selling marijuana out of its storefront at Tecumseh Road West and Church Street.

Windsor police raid the Compassion House on Tecumseh Road West on Tuesday November 6, 2018. ( Angelo Aversa / CTV Windsor )

Windsor police raid the Compassion House on Tecumseh Road West on Tuesday November 6, 2018. ( Rob Hindi / AM800 News )

When Jesse Burak showed up to Compassion House hoping to buy some marijuana over the counter, a Windsor police officer was blocking the door.

Burak said he had run out of marijuana and decided to buy it from the store, as it's "probably better quality" than what his buddy would have.

He wasn't the only one who left without his pot. More than a dozen showed up to the Tecumseh Road West location, only to hear from the officer blocking the door that Compassion House may be "closed for good."

Recreational marijuana was legalized across Canada Oct. 17. In Ontario, the Ford government will allow privately-run retail stores starting April 19. At this point, the only legal place to purchase marijuana is through the online Ontario Cannabis Store.

According to a pizzeria employee who works a few doors down in the same plaza, there have been lots of customers going to Compassion House since it opened in October.

"It's been hectic," said Danny Shawol. He said he's even seen a line going out the door.

Not only that, those customers are taking up the parking spots in the plaza, making it difficult for even pizza delivery drivers to find parking in front of the pizzeria.

"We've been having to reserve spots with buckets or whatever signs we can find just for the drivers."

The revenue that those customers would bring, explained the owner of Compassion House Leo Lucier, would then go toward things like food donations and winter jacket donations for Windsor kids in need.

According to Lucier, some products that were seized include cannabidiol oil, "hemp-based, no THC." 

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