Dispensary closes after judge orders it to stop selling cannabis

A Halifax cannabis dispensary that's been subject to police searches is being shut down by the city for operating without a licence.

A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge granted the Halifax Regional Municipality the power to change the locks of Coastal Cannapy Inc.

The city says Justice James Chipman ordered Coastal Cannapy Inc. to ``immediately cease the selling, dispensing and storage of cannabis'' and vacate the premises within 24 hours of the order being issued.

Coastal Cannapy Inc. announced on its Facebook page that it would be closing.

Police searched the business and seized drugs last month after officers responded to a pair of break-ins, prompting dispensary owner Andrew Laughlin to claim his business was being harassed by police.

Nova Scotia Justice Minister Mark Furey agreed with the court decision, saying cannabis dispensaries remain illegal until federal legislation is passed.