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Drug trafficking charges laid following dispensary raid

The buying and selling of medical marijuana continues to be a source of legal headaches in Ontario. There does exist a certain degree of confusion surrounding the manufacture and distribution of the product, and this has led to many raids and arrests of seemingly legitimate businesses in this province. The latest happened just this month and left a man facing several charges, including drug trafficking.

On Feb. 14, Halton Regional Police officers entered the premises of a business in Burlington and executed a search warrant. The proprietor of the business was evidently licensed to sell medical marijuana. It is alleged, however, that he was selling the products in the shop, which is not legal, and to people who did not possess a licence to purchase the products. City officials also claim he was operating in defiance of zoning by-laws by operating the business without the appropriate licence.

Officers seized a variety of drug paraphernalia, $2,800 in cash, $27,000 worth of edible THC products and capsules, and 6 pounds of marijuana. The total estimated value is $67,000. A 24-year-old man was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and two counts of trafficking a controlled substance.

Running a marijuana-related business can be a complicated matter. There are many local, Ontario and federal laws which must be considered and adhered to. Because of the complexity of drug trafficking laws, defending against such charges can be equally complex. A good strategy might be to find a skilled and understanding criminal defence lawyer to assist with cases of this nature.

Source: insidehalton.com, "Burlington marijuana dispensary raided, pot and cash seized", Tim Whitnell, Feb. 16, 2017

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