Vancouver police say officers weren’t conducting a raid once they seized hashish merchandise from a program that gives marijuana to heroin addicts on the town’s Downtown Eastside.
Police issued a information launch Wednesday saying the operator of the Excessive Hopes sales space on the Hastings Road Market had been warned final Thursday that merchandise on show had been clearly marked on the market and packaged in a way per trafficking, an criminality not allowed on the market.
They are saying officers allowed the person, who instructed them the hashish merchandise had been medicinal, to pack up and depart with no additional motion.
However police say they had been compelled to behave the following day regardless of a hostile crowd once they discovered the identical prepackaged and free hashish merchandise, capsule capsules, vaping merchandise and two bottles of an unknown white powder.
Officers say the market’s government director additionally instructed them the hashish merchandise had been unwelcome out there.
Chief Adam Palmer says Vancouver police assist evidence-based harm-reduction initiatives to assist cope with the opioid disaster however may also implement the trafficking legal guidelines of Canada as obligatory when persons are blatantly breaking them.
“This was not a police ‘raid,’ as some have mischaracterized it. Our officers took a very reasonable and balanced method to the scenario by giving a warning the day before today, listening to the needs of the market government director, and never permitting the blatant trafficking of unlawful substances in public areas,” the police information launch says.
Excessive Hopes Basis says police seized hashish on Downtown Eastside