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Legalized cannabis in Canada and US hasn’t killed illegal market

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Even when cannabis is legalized, some users still prefer to stick with their usual illegal sources, which can be cheaper and easier to access

Some cannabis users continue to buy the drug from illegal sources for years after it is possible to purchase it from regulated, legal shops, because the illegal sources can be cheaper or easier to access, a survey in Canada and the US has found.

The findings suggest that policy-makers who want to wipe out the cannabis black market need to make sure that new legal sources are competitively priced and widely available.


Ontario Court of Appeal dismisses $350,000 claim for failed cannabis company acquisition


Court-appointed seller not aware license expired shortly after deal signed

The Ontario Court of Appeal has dismissed the claim of TS Pharmaceuticals against a court-appointed receiver for failing to prevent a cannabis license from expiring, resulting in a failed deal and $350,000 in damages.

In 2056706 Ontario Inc. v. Pure Global Cannabis Inc., 2022 ONCA 381, TS Pharmaceuticals Ltd. entered into an agreement to purchase the assets and shares of PureSinse Inc. from A. Farber & Partners Inc., a court-appointed receiver. PureSinse was a cannabis manufacturing company licensed by Health Canada.


2,000 cannabis plants found inside vehicle trying to avoid RIDE check


Ontario man has been charged with distributing more than four cannabis plants

An Ontario driver who opted out of a mandatory RIDE stop by fleeing the scene was quickly caught along with the 2,000 cannabis plants that were inside his vehicle.

Officers with the Norfolk County arm of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) check at Norfolk St. N. and Davis St. W. in Simcoe, Ont. just after 1:30 a.m. on May 12, according to The Hamilton Spectator.

That was when a driver was witnessed trying to bypass the stop, notes a tweet from the OPP.


Killylea man who attempted to import cannabis from Canada sentenced



A parcel - examined by UK Border Force - was a box purporting to be a computer but actually contained a bag which held two resealable bags filled with herbal cannabis​

A Killylea man’s attempt to import herbal cannabis from Canada was thwarted by the UK Border Force in January last year.

While the package never arrived, Ryan Farrell began growing his own cannabis at the home he shares with his partner and two young children, along the Main Street in the Co. Armagh village.


Ontario driver Brady Robertson sentenced to 17 years in deaths of Karolina Ciasullo, three daughters


“I want to pay for what I did, I want to serve my time… This family deserves justice.”

A driver who struck and killed a woman and her three young daughters in Brampton nearly two years ago is being sentenced to 17 years behind bars.

Brady Robertson will receive nearly three years in credit for time already served awaiting trial, bringing the total down to 14 years and two months.

Prosecutors sought a 23-year prison sentence for Robertson, 21, and a lifetime driving ban. The defence, meanwhile, argued Robertson should be sentenced to seven years.


Farm workers in cannabis grow-op raids often oblivious to criminal nature, OPP say

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Southwestern Ontario has highest concentration of illegally grown pot, police say

Illegal marijuana grow operations most often crop up on the Ontario Provincial Police's radar in Essex County, and during raids, farm workers are "almost every time" completely unaware of the criminals behind the cannabis, police told CBC News.

Organized crime entities use illegal cannabis grow operations as "easy, quick" cash that's "relatively risk free," according to Det.-Insp. Peter Donnelly, hub commander of the central region's organized crime enforcement branch. That money is then used to traffic harder, illicit drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamines and fentanyl, he added.

"Just the amount of money it gives them access to, that makes it scary," said Donnelly.


More than $700,000 in contraband seized from maximum-security corrections centre in Edmonton


Hashish, cannabis shatter, methamphetamine and pills that included fentanyl confiscated

Contraband valued at almost a quarter of a million dollars, including various drugs and weapons, was confiscated earlier this week at the Edmonton Institution, a maximum-security federal institution.

Citing the vigilance of staff members at the maximum-security facility, hashish, methamphetamine, shatter, pills (including fentanyl), stabbing weapons, cellphones, cellphone chargers and SIM cards were among the items seized on May 10, according to the Prairie Region of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).


OPP raid reveals illegal grow-op housing 7,600 cannabis plants

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Ontario cops also confiscate a small amount of processed weed and cash.

Three people are facing charges after officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and its partners executed a warrant last week and discovered a massive cannabis grow containing more than 7,600 plants in Renfrew, Ont.

Per CTV News, the grow was located near Highway 132 in Admaston/Bromley Township.

Photos released by the OPP show large, indoor cultivations and growing equipment.

Although the OPP initially tweeted on May 5 that more than 5,500 cannabis plants were seized, that figure has reportedly been adjusted to 7,600-plus.


OPP investigating Ontario Cannabis Store data leak



“The data was misappropriated, disclosed and distributed unlawfully.”

An Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) data breach has led to “confidential store sales data” being leaked and circulated within the industry, according to an OCS letter obtained by The Canadian Press. 

The letter, which was sent on May 10, states that the data was not disclosed by the provincial cannabis wholesaler. 

“The data was misappropriated, disclosed and distributed unlawfully,” the letter states.

“As a result, we trust you will refrain from sharing or using this stolen data in any way.”

The Ontario Provincial Police are now investigating the matter. 


Cannabis law loopholes create challenges for Prince Rupert


Bachrach says “inordinate” amounts of cannabis being prescribed allow commercial-sized production

Loopholes in the federal cannabis growing legislation are a concern and pose challenges for municipalities, Skeena Bulkey MP Taylor Bachrach said on May 6.

“I am familiar with the larger concerns around grow-ops in Prince Rupert because that has been a long-standing concern…” Bachrach told The Northern View. 

“I’ve had lots of people from Prince Rupert approach me concerned about the grow-op issue,” he said.

“The problem municipalities are having is that it’s very difficult to regulate the location of those personal growth operations connected to the medical cannabis system,” he said.


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