Pubdate: Sat, 25 Mar 2017
Source: Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 Metroland Media Group Ltd.
Author: Gordon Paul
Page: A1


KITCHENER - The Crown will be seeking jail sentences for the owners of
a Waterloo marijuana store charged after a police raid last summer.

Nour Louka, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for the
purpose of trafficking. Her husband, Shady Louka, 31, pleaded guilty
to careless storage of a 9 mm Glock handgun.

They both face a string of other charges, including additional counts
of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, after
police raided their Waterloo Dispensary store on King Street North in
uptown Waterloo last August.

Each pleaded guilty to one count on Thursday "just to get the ball
rolling," federal prosecutor Kathleen Nolan said.

"For the record, that doesn't preclude the possibility that there will
be more counts pled to on the next occasion and doesn't mean that all
the other counts that are not pled to today will be withdrawn," she

Nolan said the Crown's position on the sentence is "much different"
than the position taken by the defence. Sean Safa represents Shady
Louka; Paul Lewin represents Nour Louka.

"The Crown will be seeking jail, and the defence will not be seeking
jail," Nolan said.

A sentencing date will be set on March 31.

Justice Colin Westman said it may take a few months before the case is
resolved. "Please be patient," he told the Loukas.

The Waterloo Dispensary hadn't been in business long. It billed itself
as a medical marijuana dispensary.

Meanwhile, four employees arrested at a Kitchener marijuana dispensary
after a police raid on March 10 were scheduled to make brief court
appearances on Friday.

The raid at Green Tree Medical Dispensary on King Street East seized
$17,000 in cash, plus almost $27,000 in marijuana and $5,400 in hashish.

The raid came after police issued warnings to the region's growing
number of unlicensed marijuana dispensaries. The federal government
plans to permit the use of recreational marijuana, probably in 2018,
but the current law remains in force.
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