Two charged af­ter po­lice raid pair of mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries

The Hamilton Spectator - - LO­CAL -

A 28-year-old man is fac­ing drug traf­fick­ing charges af­ter po­lice raided his east-end Hamil­ton med­i­cal mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary Tues­day.

Of­fi­cers from Hamil­ton po­lice’s vice and drugs unit ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at MMJ Canada — lo­cated at 146 Ot­tawa St. N. — around 1 p.m. and said they found about $100,000 worth of mar­i­juana and mar­i­juana prod­ucts, in­clud­ing ed­i­bles.

“It was de­ter­mined that the op­er­a­tor of this dis­pen­sary was com­mit­ting the crim­i­nal acts of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing mar­i­juana and THC be­cause they were sell­ing or giv­ing away mar­i­juana or mar­i­juana de­riv­a­tives from their lo­ca­tion,” po­lice said in a re­lease.

Po­lice have charged the 28-year-old busi­ness owner, who is from Que­bec but lives in Hamil­ton, with pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, THC and cannabis resin for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing and pro­ceeds of crime un­der $5,000.

The man was re­leased on a prom­ise to ap­pear in court to an­swer to the charges, po­lice said.

On the same day, Hal­ton po­lice raided Burling­ton dis­pen­sary Bud­tan­ica Pain Re­lief Group at 5125 Har­vester Rd., Unit 1.

Of­fi­cers from the street crime unit ex­e­cuted a search war­rant. Po­lice said they seized six pounds of mar­i­juana, about $27,000 worth of ed­i­bles and $2,800 in cash. Al­to­gether, $67,000 worth of drugs was con­fis­cated, po­lice said.

“As a re­sult of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice were able to de­ter­mine that the ma­jor­ity of in­di­vid­u­als at­tend­ing this dis­pen­sary to pur­chase mar­i­juana did not have med­i­cal mar­i­juana li­cences,” Hal­ton po­lice said in a news re­lease.

Po­lice have charged a 24-year-old Hamil­ton man with pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana and cannabis resin for the pur­pose of track­ing.

He was re­leased on a prom­ise to ap­pear in Mil­ton court on March 14.

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