B.C.-wide warrants have been issued for the arrest of a Maple Ridge woman and her son, following a police raid on marijuana store in Vancouver.
The warrants have been issued for Linda Marlene Klokeid, 51, and her son Mark Thomas Klokeid, 30, of Burnaby.
Linda Klokeid is charged with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance. Both are charged with one count each of possession for the purposes of trafficking.
The duo say they have been operating a “medical cannabis” dispensary.
Vancouver police raided the iMedikate store on Renfrew Street in February after receiving complaints from neighbours about drug activity.
“We received numerous complaints about the sale of drugs and the fact that it existed close to a school,” said police spokesman Const. Lindsey Houghton.
In photos on his website, Mark Klokeid is seen posing with a large marijuana plant in one and in another he is seen with Marc Emery, a Vancouver marijuana activist who is serving five years in a U.S. jail for selling marijuana seeds online.
The Renfrew Street business, which opened in October 2011, is one of a handful that operate in Vancouver.
Operators maintain they sell only to buyers with doctors’ notes.
But Houghton said all such dispensaries are illegal.
Health Canada regulations that govern marijuana for medical purposes require that users grow the plant themselves or obtain it from licensed growers.
Those growers can legally only provide enough for a daily dose of marijuana, five to 10 grams a day, to a maximum of two users, said Don Schultz of Greenline Academy, a Kelowna-based company that offers seminars on the rules of legally selling marijuana.
He said he hasn’t heard of anyone being charged with trafficking for operating a marijuana storefront, although he knows of such businesses being closed in Chilliwack, Calgary, and Edmonton.
-Susan Lazaruk is a reporter for The Province