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July 1, 2018 cannot come fast enough for cannabis industry workers in Ontario. That’s the projected date for the legalization of marijuana in this country. Until that day comes, however, possession and distribution of marijuana remains illegal, except for licensed businesses and individuals. There is a certain amount of legal grey area where pot is concerned, but that has not stopped the continual arrests and pressing of criminal charges against dispensary owners and staff.
On May 23, Toronto Police officers executed a warrant at a downtown Toronto business on Camden Street. During the raid, officers allegedly seized 2 kilograms of marijuana, approximately 60 grams of a marijuana derivative and close to 52 grams of hashish. A small amount of oxycodone, and a quantity of heroin were also allegedly found on the premises.
Police arrested three men and are on the lookout for a fourth suspect. A 22-year-old man and a 52-year-old man are both charged with one count of possession of the proceeds of crime, three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and three counts of drug possession. A 32-year-old man faces identical charges, as well as charges of drug possession pertaining to the oxycodone and heroin.
Working at or owning a marijuana dispensary is a risky proposition right now. Raids and arrests are regular occurrences in the province, despite the impending changes to federal law. Any person arrested under suspicion of drug possession or trafficking has the right to defend him or her self against these and other criminal charges. A lawyer experienced with drug law in Ontario might be the best choice for assistance.
Source: Global News – Toronto, “3 charged in Weed the North dispensary raid in Toronto”, Kerri Breen, May 24, 2017