The crackdown of illegal marijuana dispensaries continues. This time it was Tasty Buds of Nova Scotia. The RCMP raided five dispensaries in the chain and four private residences connected to the dispensary. A total of 69 charges were placed on the owners and employees of the company, to include the usual drug trafficking, possession of marijuana, oils, and edibles, as well as possession of funds obtained through criminal activity.
According to Inspector Jason Popik, “These individuals have set up shop in our community operating as a criminal network.” Despite the fact that Canadians can already purchase legal medical marijuana and that full legalization is just over the horizon. Unfortunately, this ‘hardened criminal’ talk from police only goes to reinforce false stereotypes and do nothing to foster public safety.
Many people feel that prosecuting marijuana charges when legalization is coming in less than a year is counterproductive and costly. As with all of the dispensary raids we have seen, police make multiple raids spending the tax payer dollars, only to have the majority of these cases later dropped. This was the case with Cannabis Culture stores who were shut down by the Toronto Police. Of the 200 plus charges placed on dozens of Cannabis Culture employees, only a handful proceeded to the courts and most centered around the owners.
Cory Hughes is a former police officer turned cannabis cultivator and writer. After years of being on the wrong side of the law, Cory decided to hang up his badge and gun and move into an industry that truly has the potential of bringing people together. He has been an active part of the Colorado cannabis culture and has worked as a horticulturist in dozens of licensed grow operations. Cory now looks to share his knowledge of cultivation and horticulture with the world.