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RCMP seize $220,000 in cannabis and tobacco products from illegal B.C. dispensary

Sep 22, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Multi-unit team carried out raid earlier this week

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The raid of an illegal dispensary in Lac La Hache, B.C. ended with the RCMP and its partners seizing approximately $60,000 in illegal cannabis products and about $160,000 in illegal tobacco products.

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The raid at about 8 a.m. on Sept. 21 involved members of the 100 Mile House and Williams Lake detachments of the RCMP and Indigenous Policing Services, with assistance from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s Community Safety Unit, the lead agency, and the Ministry of Finance’s Investigations Unit, notes a police statement.

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“The 100 Mile House RCMP detachment continues with enforcement efforts directed at illegal cannabis activities in our area,” says Sgt. Brad McKinnon, extending his thanks to partners for their “contributions toward public safety.”

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McKinnon urged anyone with information on illegal cannabis cultivation, distribution or sales to contact the RCMP.

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

Krause Law reports that 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,” adding federal law makes it “illegal to sell pot to friends, even a small amount.”

Though the RCMP does not mention buyers or their ages in its announcement, “providing or selling pot to persons under the legal age is now treated as a very serious offence, subject to up to 14 years in jail,” Krause Law points out.

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Across the country, illicit pot shops have been raided.

This past July, for example, members of the Durham Regional Police’s Central East Division Community Response Team executed a warrant on Oshaweed in Oshawa, Ont. and confiscated cannabis, cash and other weed products estimated to have a combined value of more than $66,000.

In May 2021, four people from in and around Toronto were charged after local police raided an unlicensed shop in North York called Just Compassion Dispensary and found 71 kilograms of cannabis edibles and other drugs.

And in July 2019, 13 people were charged with drug trafficking after police raided an unlicensed pot shop near Halifax. During the raid, a variety of cannabis and related items such as cash and digital scales were reportedly confiscated.

A recently released Canadian study comparing illicit cannabis products to their legal counterparts found lower than advertised levels of THC in unregulated products and pesticide levels far higher than Health Canada’s limits.

On average, the review shows unregulated edibles contained less than 20 per cent of their advertised THC content. Nineteen of the 22 unregulated products also contained at least one of the 96 pesticides limited by Health Canada.

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