Sweet haul: Saskatoon police’s drug bust includes 55 jars of cannabis-infused honey

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A 23-year-old man faces 19 drug and weapon charges after an early-morning bust by the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) revealed various cannabis-related products and evidence of psilocybin being produced.

After observing activity consistent with drug trafficking, officers with SPS’s drug and tactical support units arrived at the first location at about 2:45 a.m. on Jan. 29 to execute a warrant at an apartment, notes a police statement.

During the search, officers found various forms of cannabis products, cannabis, psilocybin, cash and evidence of psilocybin production.

Specifically, 55 jars of cannabis-infused honey topped the list, which also included three bottles of CBD oil, about 200 CBD capsules, 12 packages of edibles, 714 grams of weed, 112 grams of THC concentrate packaged for distribution, 3.5 grams of CBD isolate, seven grams of psilocybin and six grams of butane hash oil, as well as one insulated grow tent with psilocybin being produced, $925 in cash and a small amount of foreign currency.

Beyond the drugs, though, the SPS reports that officers also found four long-barrelled firearms, 1,000-plus rounds of ammunition, a conducted energy weapon and three sets of brass knuckles.

A second search warrant was executed about an hour later at 3:40 a.m. at a suite in an area hotel. There, police seized 21 grams of THC packaged in 21 jars, 13 bottles of THC distillate, a cutting agent and a Dodge Ram truck.

A 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested at the first location and a 57-year-old man arrested at the second location, according to police.

The first man faces 19 firearm- and drug-related charges and the second man has been charged with two counts under the Cannabis Act. The woman was released without charges.

Mushrooms await shipping at the Procare mushroom plantation in Hazerwoude-Dorp, The Netherlands, on Monday, Oct. 8, 2007. Under Dutch law, fresh psilocybin mushrooms are considered food. Cultivation and sale of the fungi are therefore legal and controlled by the food authorities. In a move to tighten regulations against its infamous drugs, Amsterdam city council on Sept. 26 proposed instituting a three-day waiting period to purchase them. Photographer: Roger Cremers/Bloomberg News

“Psilocybin is being studied for its potential to treat various conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and problematic drug use.” / PHOTO BY ROGER CREMERS /BLOOMBERG NEWS

“Psilocybin is being studied for its potential to treat various conditions such as anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and problematic drug use,” notes information from the federal government. It remains illegal to produce, possess and sell, although Canada’s health minister has recently granted a number of exemptions under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so it could be used to treat select patients, including those who are terminally ill.

As for cannabis, adults can legally buy weed products from a provincial/territorial retailer, or from licensed private retailers. Illegal distribution or sale can result in tickets for small amounts and as long as 14 years in prison for large amounts.

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