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Ontario man busted for running an illegal cannabis dispensary with $140K in products

Nov 9, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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30-year-old faces weed-related selling, distributing and trafficking charges

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A 30-year-old man faces multiple cannabis-related charges after a police raid revealed an estimated $140,000 worth of products inside an illegal dispensary.

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Officers with Waterloo Regional Police Service’s (WRPS) Drugs and Firearms Unit carried out a raid on the illegal pot shop after responding to a call for service at a residence on Nov. 1.

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While checking things out, officers discovered an illicit cannabis dispensary in the area.

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WRPS obtained a search warrant and the search led to the seizure of unspecified amounts of suspected cannabis, psilocybin, cannabis resin, weed edibles, vape pens and cash. All totalled, the items have an estimated value of about $140,000.

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A man from nearby Kitchener has been charged with possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling, possession for the purpose of distributing and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

A federal licence is required to cultivate, process and sell cannabis for either medical or non-medical purposes, according to the federal government.

WRPS photo of products confiscated from illegal dispensary. /
WRPS photo of products confiscated from illegal dispensary. / Photo by Waterloo Regional Police Service

Kruse Law reports trafficking — illegal distribution or sale of marijuana — “can result in a ticket if it involves a small amount or a maximum of 14 years in prison.”

Illegal cannabis dispensaries are nothing new across the country, even with both recreational and recreational cannabis now being legal in Canada.

Just this past September, RCMP executed a warrant on an illegal pot shop in Lac La Hache, B.C. and ended up confiscating about $60,000 in illegal cannabis products and approximately $160,000 in illegal tobacco products.

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Waterloo police seize about $140,000 worth of cannabis products from illegal pot shop. /
Waterloo police seize about $140,000 worth of cannabis products from illegal pot shop. / Photo by Waterloo Regional Police Service

In July, members of the Durham Regional Police’s Central East Division Community Response Team raided Oshaweed in Oshawa, Ont. and seized cannabis, cash and other weed products worth an estimated $66,000.

And in July 2019, 13 people were charged with drug trafficking after police busted an unlicensed pot shop near Halifax, reportedly finding cannabis and related items like cash and digital scales.

As for Kitchener, two people were charged under the Cannabis Act with possession for the purpose of selling and distributing after they were found with about $80,000 worth of cannabis, weed gummies, shatter and drug trafficking equipment during a RIDE check northwest of the city in December 2020.

A few months earlier in July, police arrested a 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman as neighbours repeatedly complained about an alleged drug trafficking operation. Officers discovered 7,210 grams of suspected dried cannabis with an estimated street value of $25,000.

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