RCMP lay charges fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary

RCMP say drug-re­lated charges laid against two peo­ple in Shel­burne County fol­low­ing three-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS - TINA COMEAU THE­COAST­GUARD.CA

Charges have been laid against two in­di­vid­u­als in Shel­burne County fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a busi­ness that the RCMP say has been de­ter­mined not to be a li­censed mar­i­juana sup­plier.

The RCMP say Shel­burne RCMP’s Street Crime En­force­ment Unit (SCEU) re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about a dis­pen­sary that had been es­tab­lished on Shore Road in Port Saxon, which is lo­cated be­tween Shel­burne and Bar­ring­ton.

“The busi­ness was ad­ver­tis­ing its prod­ucts on so­cial me­dia sites on­line,” read an RCMP me­dia re­lease.

The RCMP say they car­ried out a three-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“RCMP in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mined that the pub­lic could pur­chase mar­i­juana from the busi­ness with­out a pre­scrip­tion,” the me­dia re­lease stated.

On Sept. 21, po­lice say they searched the busi­ness and ar­rested a man and a woman with­out in­ci­dent. Dur­ing the search, po­lice say they lo­cated a sig­nif­i­cant amount of mar­i­juana prod­ucts which had been pre­pared for retail sales.

Terry Lawrence Nick­er­son, 51, of Port Saxon, has been charged with pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing and breach of a firearms pro­hi­bi­tion or­der. Bertha Phyl­lis Marie Wilkin­son, 47, of Port Saxon, has been charged with pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing and traf­fick­ing in a con­trolled sub­stance.

Both were re­leased from cus­tody and are sched­uled to at­tend Shel­burne Pro­vin­cial Court on Dec. 5.

“Given the highly overt ad­ver­tise­ment of this il­le­gal busi­ness, the RCMP con­tin­ues to ask the pub­lic to con­tact them at 902875-2490 if they have in­for­ma­tion about spe­cific in­ci­dents re­lated to the sale of mar­i­juana prod­ucts in Port Saxon,” said the RCMP.

The po­lice said fur­ther charges may be pend­ing as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues.

The day be­fore the RCMP an­nounced th­ese charges, the RCMP in an­other part of west­ern Nova Sco­tia said they had con­ducted searches and would be lay­ing charges for drug-re­lated of­fences in re­la­tion to searches that were con­ducted on Sept. 21 in what the RCMP called il­le­gal mar­i­juana store­front op­er­a­tions in Kings and An­napo­lis coun­ties.

In the Kings County searches, two store­fronts on Com­mer­cial Street in New Mi­nas and one on Ar­gus Drive in Green­wood were searched. Nu­mer­ous peo­ple were be­ing charged with of­fences of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing

In An­napo­lis County, a busi­ness on Main Street in Mid­dle­ton and a home on Granville Road in An­napo­lis Royal were searched, re­sult­ing in drug and firearms charges pend­ing against an An­napo­lis County man.

Out­side the Kentville court­house on Sept. 24, shouts, a siren and mar­i­juana smoke were in the air out­side the Kentville court- house as a few dozen peo­ple protested the ar­rest of a woman for al­legedly op­er­at­ing a mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary.

Asked if the RCMP is weed­ing out dis­pen­saries ahead of the fed­eral le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis, RCMP Cor­po­ral Jen­nifer Clarke said, “there’s not a crack­down hap­pen­ing. We con­tinue to en­force the cur­rent laws and ad­dress com­mu­nity con­cerns.”

She had stated ear­lier that mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries are sim­ply not le­gal.

“Health Canada is the only way to get le­gal mar­i­juana right now — there’s noth­ing grey about it,” she said.

When the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis oc­curs, the gov­ern­ment of Nova Sco­tia says sales will take place through NSLC at iden­ti­fied lo­ca­tions through­out the prov­ince, Yar­mouth be­ing one of them. Sales will also oc­cur on­line.

RCMP PHOTO

The RCMP re­leased this photo fol­low­ing a three-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a Shel­burne County mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary that the RCMP claim was not a li­censed mar­i­juana sup­plier.

RCMP PHOTO

Th­ese mar­i­juana two-bite brown­ies and choco­late chip cook­ies are listed as con­tain­ing 120 mg each with in­struc­tions to keep out of the reach of chil­dren and only to be con­sumed by peo­ple 19 and older.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.