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RCMP apologize after seizing plants from legal grower during New Brunswick cannabis raid

Aug 8, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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“On behalf of the RCMP, I would like to apologize to you for this unreasonable accounting of your personal property and any distress that this may have caused you”

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A cannabis raid at a former school in New Brunswick has prompted an apology from the RCMP.

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“These actions were contrary to RCMP policy,” the letter reportedly notes. “On behalf of the RCMP, I would like to apologize to you for this unreasonable accounting of your personal property and any distress that this may have caused you,” it adds, per CBC.

One of the men was initially arrested. Although later released, he contends his plants were never returned. Officers reportedly also seized his Health Canada paperwork, house key and deed to the home.

“I would like to be compensated immediately for my plants that were seized,” the man reportedly wrote in the complaint. “Being deprived of what was meant for medical purposes has certainly placed a financial hardship upon myself. I would like to have my other property returned immediately as well.”

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The review further recommended that the RCMP officer receive “operational guidance regarding the requirement to take detailed and accurate notes.”

The raid was initially prompted after the RCMP received a call from NB Power asking for an officer to accompany an employee when power to the grow was disconnected. The men claim that NB Power staff then access the property’s power meter inside the building over several months and failed to provide notice about entering the building in Jan. 2019.

The RCMP claims the grower had denied a utility worker access to the electricity meter previously and was “verbally abusive.”

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