Select Page

Edmonton, May 28-30, 2023

Due to the numerous requests from LPs. Micro and Craft growers along with some of the largest cannabis retail stores in the nation, Grow Up has decided to bring our award winning show to Alberta. We will be hosting our 7th Conference and Expo at the Edmonton Convention Centre in beautiful downtown Edmonton.

More than 70 kilograms of meth and cannabis discovered in shipment of ceiling tiles from Toronto

Media Partners, The GrowthOp

This post is presented by our media partner The Growth Op
View the original article here.

Drug bust valued at nearly $4 million reportedly prompts Hong Kong authorities to co-ordinate with Canadian counterparts

Article content

An almost $4 million drug bust is sparking joint coordination from Hong Kong and Canadian authorities.

Advertisement 2

Story continues below

Article content

According to the South China Morning Post, 34 kilograms of meth and 38 kg of cannabis were discovered in a recent shipment of 57 piles of ceiling tiles. Authorities report the tiles were hollowed-out in the centre and the drugs were hidden inside.

Article content

  1. “The proposal will not affect the current mechanism to allow research related to cannabis compounds as well as the registration and use of CBD pharmaceutical products.” /

    Hong Kong to treat CBD as harshly as heroin, cocaine come this February

  2. Police believe the cannabis was intended for local distribution. 

    Hong Kong police seize $7 million worth of cannabis in largest bust in a decade

  3. Canadian customs will aid China by reminding travelers at check points about the differing cannabis laws and by participating in informational exchanges with Hong Kong regarding smuggling

    Hong Kong and Canada partner up to curb cannabis smuggling

According to Hong Kong officials, the bust is in line with a growing trend as shipments from Canada of crystal meth, or methamphetamine, have been increasing recently.

Though most of the busts have been found in air parcels, the latest seizure was found in a consignment that was shipped by sea.

Advertisement 3

Story continues below

Article content

Authorities followed the consignment as it was delivered to a warehouse and later picked up by a 40-year-old truck driver. Plain-clothes customs officers in unmarked vehicles followed the truck.

After arriving in a remote hillside area, another man, aged 38, turned up and the two men began unwrapping the cargo.

The police then moved in and arrested the duo on suspicion of drug trafficking. They face up to life in jail and a HK$5 million fine (about $862,000).

Police report the investigation is ongoing and further arrests are possible.

In 2019, an agreement was signed between the Canada Border Services Agency and customs and excise of Hong Kong to work together on a number of issues, including cannabis smuggling.

Advertisement 4

Story continues below

Article content

As part of that agreement, Canadian customs took extra steps to remind travellers at checkpoints about differing cannabis laws and by participating in informational exchanges with Hong Kong regarding smuggling.

The agreement was signed a few months after authorities in Hong Kong reported a 500 per cent increase in drug confiscations and pointed a finger at Canada, noting a surge in cannabis confiscations after federal legalization was implemented. Authorities also argued that legalization had changed the perception of cannabis in Hong Kong.

Next month, new regulations are set to take effect in Hong Kong that will treat CBD the same way as heroin and cocaine. Trafficking and manufacturing of CBD will be punishable by up to life imprisonment, while possession and consumption will be subject to as long as seven years’ imprisonment.

Advertisement 5

Story continues below

Article content

In preparation for the change, CBD disposal boxes were placed at 10 government premises in October and will remain in place until the end of January.

The amendments to both the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance and the Control of Chemicals Ordinance will come into effect Feb. 1, 2023, and will reportedly “not affect the current mechanism to allow research related to cannabis compounds as well as the registration and use of CBD pharmaceutical products.”

“The amendments aim to deter the trafficking and abuse of these dangerous drugs and substances. This will help fortify Hong Kong’s defence in the fight against drugs,” said a Security Bureau spokesperson.

We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with feedback and story tips at thegrowthop@postmedia.com

Advertisement 1

Story continues below

Comments

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings.

This post was originally published by our media partner here.