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OPP seize nearly $1.5 million in illicit cannabis and cannabis products

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(TORONTO, ON) – An investigation into illicit cannabis production and distribution in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has resulted in the seizure of nearly $1.5 million in illicit cannabis and illicit cannabis products, as well as charges against Toronto residents under the Cannabis Act, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and the Criminal Code of Canada.


Charges against Ontario teen include multiple counts related to cannabis

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Cannabis-related charges include possession for the purpose of distributing, a person under 19 years possessing cannabis and driving a vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available. / PHOTO BY OPP

A 16-year-old Cochrane resident is facing a number of charges following a traffic stop on Highway 11 west of Cochrane by officers from the James Bay Detachments of the Ontario Provincial Police on Monday.

After stopping the vehicle and speaking with the driver, the 16-year-old was arrested and charged.


RCMP Police Dog Sniffs Out Drugs During Traffic Stop

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Saskatchewan RCMP say a police dog helped officers seize 300 grams of crack cocaine during a traffic stop near Maidstone. On Sunday afternoon, a Saskatchewan RCMP Roving Traffic Unit officer pulled over a vehicle on Highway 16 for having excessive windshield damage and window tint. RCMP Police Service Dog Kilo helped in a search of the vehicle and with his help, officers report finding 300 grams of crack cocaine and seven grams of illicit cannabis. The Saskatchewan RCMP note that 300 grams is about 600 daily doses.


Proposed Cannabis Class Action Goes Up in Smoke

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In Badesha v. Cronos Group, 2021 ONSC 4346, the court refused to certify an action alleging securities misrepresentation because there was no reasonable possibility that the alleged misrepresentations caused any loss. The plaintiff argued that thousands of alleged misrepresentations in the defendant’s financial statements should be treated as separate misrepresentations, but failed to establish—or even plead—that anyone relied on any one of them.


Questions about cannabis facility at town hall meeting


A town hall meeting about a proposed cannabis production facility at the abandoned Blackwater Factory in Foymount showed while there were still some concerns about the proximity of the playground, water contamination, odour and traffic, other area residents are just plain excited about jobs and new opportunities in the abandoned industrial park.


Long-serving Tory MP says Scheer dropped him from critic role over pro-cannabis position

Scott Reid, an Ottawa-area and long-serving Conservative MP says that under outgoing leader Andrew Scheer he was “sacked” from his role as critic for democratic institutions after breaking ranks and voting in favour of cannabis legalization.

In a blog post sharing his ideas for the future of the party given the upcoming leadership contest, Reid also opens up about his 2018 experience of being ousted as the Conservatives' leading voice on democratic reforms, in making his case for why he thinks the party has become too “dictatorial” when it comes to centralized caucus discipline.


Study: No spike in traffic-related injuries after Canada legalized recreational cannabis

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Neither Ontario nor Alberta — far and away, the leaders for the number of cannabis stores in the country — have witnessed a significant rise in emergency visits from traffic-related injuries since weed got the green light three years ago.


5 charged after $37 million in illegal cannabis seized, York police say

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Police say 3,189 pounds of dried cannabis was among what was seized. Handout / York Regional Police

York Regional Police say five people have been charged after officers seized $37 million in illegal cannabis earlier this month.

Police said an investigation began in February after officers received information about a business in Richmond Hill “that was believed to be involved in the distribution of illicit drugs.”

It was determined that the suspects had medical cannabis licences at two locations, but the operations were “entirely illegal” and drugs were being sold “in the criminal market with funds going to organized crime,” police said.


Canada’s cannabis legalization has not resulted in more stoned teens: study

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“With such categorical fears now shown to be largely unfounded, this should provide the basis to move forward on more nuanced grounds.”

Widespread fears that legalization of recreational weed in Canada would put pot in the hands of children and ravage the country’s youth have shown to be unfounded, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child Psychiatry.


Cannabis farm worth ÂŁ1m found in Bury town centre

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Cannabis plants with a street value of ÂŁ1m have been found at a flooded property in Bury town centre.

About 1,000 plants have been destroyed after they were discovered on Silver Street, Greater Manchester Police said.

Police searches uncovered five rooms and a loft being used for growing the plants.

Officers believe people had also been living in the property after finding two beds in there. There have been no arrests so far.


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