Le­gal cannabis holds no spe­cial ap­peal to or­ga­nized crime

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An in­ter­nal gov­ern­ment memo says fed­eral of­fi­cials see no “strong pull fac­tors” for or­ga­nized crime to in­vest in le­gal cannabis over any other in­dus­try — de­spite al­le­ga­tions shady money is al­ready taint­ing the busi­ness.

The gov­ern­ment notes say pub­lic-safety and health of­fi­cials do not see crim­i­nal in­fil­tra­tion of the boom­ing busi­ness as a ma­jor threat.

The in­ter­nal notes say the use of off­shore bank ac­counts for in­vest­ing is not il­le­gal, nor The Trudeau gov­ern­ment re­cently le­gal­ized recre­ational cannabis use with the idea be­ing that no crim­i­nal can profit off il­le­gal pot trade.

was there ev­i­dence such sources were be­ing used by or­ga­nized crime to profit from the le­gal cannabis sec­tor.

More on this and other na­tional news at thes­tar.com/canada

TIJANA MARTIN/THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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