Owner of one business said he 'wanted to be a role model' for future
City police have shut down two south Edmonton cannabis operations, but
the owner of one says he was just trying to help medical marijuana
patients fill their prescriptions.
"I really wanted to be a role model for the city and to get this done
right. I wanted them to work with me, not against me," David
Tiefenbach, one of the owners of MediJoint, 7809 109 St., said Thursday.
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Several people now face drugrelated charges
It's not legal yet.
Police sent out a stern warning Thursday after shutting down two
cannabis dispensaries in south Edmonton - including one that required
prescriptions for purchase - and making several arrests.
"We want the owners and employees of these illegal cannabis operations
to be aware that they're breaking the law, and that we'll continue to
enforce that law until such time those laws are changed," said
Edmonton Police Service Insp. Shane Perka.
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'A year of growth
year of finding our feet'
WATERLOO REGION - When police chief Bryan Larkin talks about harm
reduction and being more humane with the drug user, he gets pushback.
When he suggests supervised injection sites may be an alternative to
help users take their drugs safely and the site will save lives, he
And when he flies the Pride flag at police headquarters, he gets
pushback. In each case, he gets criticism from people in the community
and sometimes from officers, too.
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He may not be able to change it but that doesn't mean he has to like
the new law allowing people to grow their own pot plants.
"Personal cultivation is something I personally really struggle with
as a citizen, a parent and a police chief," Cape Breton Regional
Police Chief Peter McIsaac said during the recent Police Commissioners
"It's a view shared pretty consistently in the policing community
across the country."
When the Cannabis Act comes into effect in July 2018, Canadian adults
will be allowed to grow four plants at home, up to a height of 100 cm.
This is about waist high on an average adult.
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Officers can't nab owners because of resource woes, says Doug Kirkland
A Citizen report Nov. 18 quotes Judge Norm Boxall on the Ottawa Police
Service's failure to charge the owners and backers of illegal
marijuana distribution shops.
Sentencing a young budtender from a Rideau Street shop, he said: "I
just don't understand how the police cannot shut down a
I understand the context of his statements, but the judge, despite his
distinguished legal background, has the wrong target.
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Homicide victim attacked outside after looking for place to smoke pot,
Police believe a teen who was fatally stabbed in Vanier was just
looking for a place to smoke weed purchased at an illegal dispensary
when he wound up inside a crack den, the Citizen has learned.
Zakaria Iqbal, just 18 years old and a Gloucester High School student,
died Monday night after an attack on Montreal Road.
Detectives believe that Iqbal and his friends purchased marijuana at
Dr. Greenthumb dispensary, also on Montreal Road. Employees at the
dispensary said police visited the pot shop Tuesday as part of their
homicide investigation, asking questions about who was there and when.
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An audit released Monday by the Windsor Police Services Board shows
the recent handling of evidence in cases involving street drugs has
been in compliance and largely free of errors.
But the audit performed over two months this summer by Ontario's
Ministry of Community, Safety and Correctional Services made 11
recommendations for improvements, and all but one have already been
implemented, said Chief Al Frederick.
The audit was triggered at the request of Frederick and the police
board following questions that were raised over the 2013 disappearance
of $25,000 in cocaine from a drug vault under officers' control.
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Few Quebec police officers are trained to determine whether drivers
are under the influence of marijuana, a federation of cop unions says.
"Police services are simply not ready" for cannabis legalization,
Robin Cote, president of the 4,500-member Federation des policiers et
policieres municipaux du Quebec (FPMQ), said on Friday.
The FPMQ issued a plea for more training a day after the provincial
government presented its pot-legalization bill.
Under Quebec's plan, there would be zero-tolerance for driving under
the influence of marijuana.
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Having worked as a police officer for many years, I have to admit, it
requires a shift in thinking to look at marijuana as a legal substance.
Countless policing hours were dedicated to keeping it out of our
homes, schools and communities, but the future will be different.
Since the federal government announcement earlier this year, the law
enforcement community began work to determine what public safety
issues might arise with the availability of legal marijuana. Much of
the public discourse was simple: legalize it, regulate it, tax it and
use the revenues for everything, from health care to education
spending. Unfortunately, it is not that simple from a public safety
perspective, and the Delta police, along with our policing partners
have done a great deal of work to identify and address key issues.
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Alberta's police chiefs are feeling "overwhelmed" figuring out how to
adjust policing practices ahead of marijuana legalization, Edmonton
police Chief Rod Knecht said.
"The timelines are extremely tight," Knecht said outside an Edmonton
Police Commission meeting at city hall on Thursday.
In an open letter, the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police warned
the scheduled July 1, 2018, legalization leaves "insufficient time for
the full consideration necessary in the creation of the regulatory
framework to ensure the safety of Albertans."
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When Justin Trudeau first floated his plan to legalize marijuana he
said that this was the best way to keep this dangerous drug away from
our children by curbing black market sales.
As we have seen with the sale of cigarettes, after tens of millions
spent fighting against organized crime's involvement selling illicit
smokes, the battle is far from won.
Organized crime is involved in growing and selling pot in Colorado and
Washington states and will do the same here. This has been made easier
for criminal groups, as anyone is entitled to grow four plants;
virtually impossible to police.
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Rick Hanson spent four decades in policing - more than seven of those
years as Calgary's chief - where he made a career out of fighting
organized crime and the local drug trade. Nearly three years into his
retirement, it may come as a surprise he is now involved in the
But Hanson said Wednesday he is among a growing number of former
senior police officers across Canada who are leveraging their
experiences to ensure legalization is done safely while eliminating
criminals from the supply chain.
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Legalizing marijuana will dramatically increase the workload for
police forces across the country, says Victoria Police Chief Del Manak.
"The Cannabis Act will legalize cannabis, and I can assure you that
the work for the police department and every police agency across this
country is going to exponentially increase," Manak told city
councillors during a budget workshop on Tuesday.
Efforts to keep drugs out of the hands of organized crime and youth
and to deal with drivers who are impaired by cannabis "will not happen
overnight," Manak said.
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Province receiving input on legalized marijuana rules
Police departments and local governments are asking British Columbia
for a cut of marijuana revenue as the province crafts regulations for
The provincial government asked for public input last month as it
develops new rules. Submissions are posted online and will be accepted
Feedback so far includes recommendations from Port Coquitlam and View
Royal, on Vancouver Island, for pot profits to be directed to
municipalities to address costs associated with enforcement.
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Courtenay's mayor has received death threats from people upset that
the RCMP shut down the community's first cannabis dispensary.
Mayor Larry Jangula said someone posted online comments threatening to
shoot him after inaccurate information that he had directed Comox
Valley RCMP to raid Leaf Compassion dispensary on Wednesday circulated
on social media.
"It's been a very upsetting day," Jangula said.
He said he has been threatened during his 27-year policing career, but
never in his role as mayor.
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Yet another progressive government obviously more concerned with
raking in expected windfalls from selling pot, rather than being
concerned over the potential harm to young people.
Studies in the U.K., the USA and Canada have conclusively shown young
people smoking pot run a greatly enhanced risk of damaging their
developing brains and suffering psychosis and other mental issues
later in life. Our own Canadian Medical Associate has stated nobody
should smoke this dangerous drug, containing 85 canninbinoids with
unknown long-term health and mental consequences, under 21.
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The legalization of cannabis and the challenge of detecting drivers
who are high on Ontario roads once the drug is legalized on Canada Day
next year is one of the many community safety subjects being discussed
at the Ontario Chiefs of Police board of directors meeting at the Four
Points by Sheraton in Kingston on Monday and Tuesday.
Some of the other items being discussed by the 18-member board include
public policy changes in Ontario, the future of policing, new
legislation on the Safer Strategy for Ontario, and further investment
in the Ontario Police College.
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A police raid on a new downtown London pot shop resulted from citizen
complaints, not because the illegal business was openly selling
cannabis to anyone older than 19, the city's police chief says.
Police swooped in on the London Relief Centre on Richmond Street last
Wednesday, less than two weeks after it opened in defiance of the law,
charging five staffers and seizing cannabis and cash.
But unlike the spring crackdown on pot shops, when police raided five
dispensaries across the city, last week's clampdown only targeted the
Richmond Row operation, leaving London's four other dispensaries unscathed.
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Police asking for more time before marijuana legalized, Troy Cooper
Police Chief Troy Cooper has gone from doubtful to critical on
Ottawa's marijuana plan, rejecting some key parts of the legislation
and saying he's "nervous" about next summer's legalization deadline.
Cooper has long seemed hesitant over marijuana legalization. Thursday,
the day of his speech to the Chamber of Commerce, was perhaps his
clearest expression of frustration over the pace of the federal plan -
which foresees legal weed by July 2018. "We've asked, as a police
service, please give us more time," he told the audience of local
business leaders gathered at the Wildlife Federation building.
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A police crackdown on London's most brazen new marijuana dispensary
was inevitable, and residents shouldn't expect legalization to put an
end to those raids, one pot advocate said.
Police descended on the London Relief Centre Wednesday morning,
arresting five. A woman who witnessed the raid said more than half a
dozen officers burst through the door about 10 a.m., yelling for
everyone to get out of the Richmond Row business.
"It was pretty scary. They just kind of came out of nowhere," said
Paula, a customer who didn't want to give her full name. "I'm still a
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Re: "Postpone legal pot, police exhort feds," Sept. 13.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police seem to see their role as
being an obstruction to the implementation of public policy. To this
end, they want a delay of at least six months in the legalization of
marijuana. They say this is necessary in order to train officers and
certify more officers to conduct roadside tests.
Their overriding concern with the legalization of marijuana is a
dramatic increase in the number of people driving stoned. Let me
assure them this will not happen. They can sleep peacefully, without
the fear that hordes of stoned zombies are suddenly going to be
driving amok on our streets. Nothing is going to change. The simple
fact is, people have been getting high for 50 years. The reason
marijuana is being legalized is because almost everyone already uses
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Canada's police services say there is zero chance they will be ready
to enforce new laws for legalized marijuana by next summer.
Officials from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Ontario
Provincial Police and the Saskatoon Police Service are among dozens of
witnesses testifying to the House of Commons health committee this
week as it studies the government's bill to legalize marijuana.
They said on Tuesday they need more time to properly train officers
about the new laws and more than double the number of police officers
who are certified to conduct roadside drug-impaired driving testing.
There also needs to be more time for public education, the police said.
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Market needs legal structure, official says
OTTAWA - Police are warning it could be "impossible" for law
enforcement to get trained up in time for legal marijuana in July 2018.
Testifying at a House of Commons health committee Tuesday, police
leaders expressed concerns about the Liberal government's impending
deadline to create a legal weed market. Organizations will need to
know the new laws and regulations backwards and forwards before they
can prepare their officers for duty, they said.
Mike Serr, deputy chief constable and chair of the Canadian
Association of Chiefs of Police drug advisory committee, said the
government should consider extending its deadline. "We ask that
established legislative framework be put in place prior to
legalization that will provide law enforcement with clear direction
and assistance regarding funding and training," he said.
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I have a simple request of the Ottawa police in regard to the "safe"
injection site and marijuana shops: Stop interpreting the law and
Surely, not too much to ask!
(You wouldn't think so, but here we are.)
Four arrested by officers in Cole Harbour dispensary
One day after Tasty Budds reopened its five Nova Scotia locations
following police raids last week, one of them has again been searched
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jennifer Clarke confirmed to Metro Tuesday
afternoon that police searched the Tasty Budds location in Cole Harbour.
"We arrested four people, one of whom will be in court tomorrow
morning in Dartmouth," Clarke said.
Charges are expected against that one person, and Clarke said police
will be naming them on Wednesday.
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Tasty Budds president Mal McMeekin is "very sorry" about alleged
illegal activities that police say were occuring at his company's
"We want to be very clear that the alleged illegal activity was
occuring at one Tasty Budds location (Sackville Location)," reads a
written statement sent to The Chronicle Herald and attributed to Mal
"This only came to our attention through the recent police activity
and investigation. This is a gross violation of our code of conduct,
our ethics, and everything that Tasty Budds stands for."
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Ottawa police cracked down on the city's illegal marijuana shops last
week, raiding three of them.
All three establishments restocked their shelves and opened again,
demonstrating how difficult it has become to control the growth of
There are at least 19 shops in Ottawa, more than when police began
raiding them almost a year ago. The dispensaries are popping up across
Canada in advance of the federal government's pledge to legalize
recreational pot by July 2018.
Some Ottawa shop employees say they don't fear being arrested for drug
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Alberta's justice minister says the province's law enforcement
communities are having to "constantly" adapt in their efforts to
combat the evolving methods of illicit drug manufacturers.
Following news that health workers have found possible fentanyl-laced
stickers in Calgary and Edmonton, Kathleen Ganley told reporters that
police are doing a "very good job" of staying on top of emerging drug
That vigilance on the part of authorities is key, Ganley
"It's like this with most types of drugs, they're sort of constantly
adapting to continue to try to keep those hidden and we're having to
constantly adapt to continue to try to find those. We'll continue to
use intelligence to move forward."
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Bay Ward Coun. Mark Taylor has written a letter to police Chief
Charles Bordeleau asking Bordeleau to close a marijuana pot dispensary
on McEwen Avenue.
The letter comes days after the west-side dispensary was robbed for
the third time in two months.
"I am writing you today with respect to the CanaGreen marijuana
location at 102 McEwen Ave. in my ward, its ongoing illegal activities
and the repeated break-in events that have occurred there," Taylor
said Thursday in his letter, which he also posted on Twitter.
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Re: 'I lost everything': Ottawa man loses home after false fentanyl
bust, Ottawa Citizen, July 31.
The Caldwell Avenue apartment was well known to both Ottawa Police
patrol officers and Ottawa Community Housing due to the heavy traffic
and disruptive drug activities. Officers and paramedics were
dispatched twice to the apartment in April 2017 for people who had
In light of prevalent drug consumption at the apartment and concerns
for public safety, the Ottawa Police Drug Unit began an investigation
into the suspected sale of controlled substances. A thorough
investigation confirmed activity consistent with drug trafficking, and
a search warrant was executed on April 25.
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The scourge of fentanyl has hit the nation's capital with devastating
consequences, and kudos to Ottawa police for going into overdrive to
bring to justice the criminals who traffic in this deadly drug. But
there is no excuse for what they did to Royston Christie after a drug
raid at his Caldwell Avenue home.
And it is a shame that months later, nobody has raised a finger to
support a man wrongly accused of dealing drugs and then left homeless
to boot. Ottawa police have sent a letter to the Citizen (see below,
left) giving their take on the arrest, but it still doesn't answer the
fundamental question about Christie's treatment.
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Former Ottawa police chief and current senator Vern White is
applauding an opioid replacement program being set up by Ottawa Inner
City Health. He has been calling for similar programs across the country.
White planned to contact Wendy Muckle, the executive director of the
non-profit health agency that works with Ottawa's homeless.
"I am going to congratulate her on being willing to take on the bigger
discussion around addiction," White said.
"I guarantee this will make a difference in terms of
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The sun was setting on Coal Harbour last week when the Vancouver
police marine squad took special notice of a charter boat called the
Aboard the vessel were dozens of young men, some of whom were linked
to the Red Scorpion gang. Several had chest tattoos reading "My
The anti-gang Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit was called in
to check the party boat crowd when it docked beside the Westin
Bayshore around 9 p.m. on July 25. It was another tense interaction
between the police and some of those involved in the
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Property crimes of all sorts have increased in 2016, according to
statistics included within the Medicine Hat Police's 2016 annual
report published last week - numbers police say are linked together
with the increased amount of meth and opiates being seen in the city.
"The biggest thing is thefts of convenience," said Insp. Brent
Secondiak of the MHPS. "They will take stuff to make money that's
convenient for them ... they won't do a lot of work for it."
"They will steal stuff from vehicles that are left open, they'll steal
stuff from bicycles left in the yard."
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A "huge spike" in opiate and methamphetamine seizures this past year
poses a deadly and multifaceted problem for local law enforcement,
says a police inspector.
"We are hugely concerned with meth," said Insp. Brent Secondiak,
speaking about the 2016 annual police report released last week.
In 2016, police seized 52.5 grams of heroin and 1,474 grams of meth, a
563 per cent and 300 per cent increase from 2015 respectively.
While fentanyl has made headlines across Canada for its deadliness,
Secondiak said it hasn't been a problem in Medicine Hat compared to
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Calgary's police chief said his officers haven't changed their
approach when it comes to marijuana, despite a slight dip in
pot-related crimes being reported in 2016.
Numbers released yesterday by Statistics Canada show Calgary's
police-reported crime declined significantly last year, unlike other
major Canadian cities which mostly saw an increase.
Alberta also saw a drop in the homicide rate, with 17 fewer homicides
in 2016 than 2015. Calgary's crime rate was down 1 per cent from 2015
numbers, which Chief Roger Chaffin called 'encouraging.'
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Health Canada says police officers can call them any time when it
comes to confirming whether citizens have legal authority to produce
and possess medicinal marijuana.
The department's ability to notify police of those who legitimately
possess cannabis for that purpose was recently criticized in a lawsuit
launched by a Brandon couple whose legal medical grow-op was
mistakenly raided by RCMP.
"Health Canada negligently administered a system of license retention
and issuance notification by failing to establish and maintain proper
protocols for notice to arresting authorities
as to the legitimacy
of licenses such as those held by persons such as the plaintiffs, and
the plaintiffs in particular," Jerry Pomehichuk and Brenda Wakefield
assert in their statement of claim.
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Police chief Ron Maracle said there is a plan of action, but won't say
what it is
The Mohawk police chief is set to initiate 'proactive policing' to
address the proliferation of illegal marijuana dispensaries on the
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
"There is a plan of action, but I'm not looking to put it out at this
point," said chief Ron Maracle about potential police initiatives to
crack down on the dispensaries which have been warned about the risk
of continuing operation without proper licences. "I still have another
meeting with chief and council, on Monday, before I put my plan in
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Highway 7 site believed to be operating legally
BRESLAU - Waterloo Regional Police say they're monitoring a large
marijuana grow-op at the former Waterloo Flowers greenhouse site - and
believe it's operating within the law for medical marijuana for
The site isn't owned by one of the 28 federally licensed producers in
Ontario that supply's Canada's mail-order medical marijuana, and its
less-than-discreet cannabis production beside a busy Highway 7 has
prompted rampant speculation among neighbours.
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Losing needle exchange program will be 'devastating'
Losing the city's largest needle exchange program will put the public
and police at risk, North Bay Police Chief Shawn Devine said Tuesday
at the monthly police board meeting.
Devine said the closure of the Nipissing Detoxification and Substance
Abuse Program on King Street July 31, as it prepares to shut down in
September, will impact community safety and well-being on many levels.
"Losing the services
is going to be devastating and will only lead
to unsafe situations for the general public and our front-line
officers," he said in his report to the board.
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WATERLOO REGION - In the past two months, police officers have
administered the life-saving nasal naloxone six times, saving four
The other two times, officers received the naloxone themselves after
being "contaminated" with the potent drug fentanyl, Police Chief Bryan
Larkin told board members at a Waterloo Regional Police Services Board
Naloxone is an antidote to fentanyl and it's being used by paramedics
and now police officers to cope with the rising number of opioid
overdoses in the region.
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Provincial officials will conduct an inspection of the Windsor police
drug vault after the disappearance of $25,000 worth of cocaine seized
nearly four years ago.
Police Chief Al Frederick said he met with officials from the Ontario
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Friday to
discuss the inspection. "They have not done the inspection as of yet,"
Frederick said Tuesday.
Windsor police lost track of nine grams of cocaine seized as part of a
2013 investigation that included wiretaps and multiple arrests. When
one of the drug dealers went to trial earlier this year, police could
not produce the cocaine they testified they had seized from him. The
judge expressed concerns about the missing evidence, but convicted the
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KITCHENER - The number of people who were impaired by drugs or alcohol
at the Ever After Music Festival at Bingemans was up from last year,
and that's cause for concern, says a report to be presented at the
Waterloo Regional Police Services Board on Wednesday.
The report says the number of young people impaired put "significant
pressure" on medical staff at the event held in Kitchener last month.
Police said they received 342 calls. Nearly half of them were related
to drugs, with 129 drug-related incidents and 100 noise complaints.
The remainder ranged from public intoxication, medical calls with
transportation to a local hospital and other liquor offences.
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Prevention, early intervention key, Rich says
Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich recalls the phone call he received
from a mom traumatized by the death of her adult son.
The man was prescribed opioids to cope with the physical pain
following an operation, but he became addicted and turned to buying
drugs on the streets.
His habit turned fatal when he ingested a substance that was,
unknowingly to him, laced with fentanyl.
"That's just horrible to me. We're talking about somebody who never
would have been a drug addict
That makes me angry," Rich said of the
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Officers lay 45 charges and seize weapons and drugs in swoop on
Police are crediting tips from the public in shutting down a suspected
Applewood drug house that resulted in 45 criminal charges against two
A search warrant executed June 22 at a home on Applecroft Road S.E.
yielded drugs, weapons and cash - and, according to Sgt. Nick Wilsher,
a return to normalcy for area residents.
"It affects the community itself so much," Wilsher said Wednesday,
speaking to media at police headquarters.
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Canna Clinic's Toronto stores shut down after Tory voiced concerns
about pot shop rise
In a series of mid-morning raids Thursday, police shut down marijuana
dispensaries operated in Toronto by B.C.-based Canna Clinic.
All seven of the company's storefront locations in Toronto were
raided, as well as five residences, said Toronto police corporate
communications director Mark Pugash. There were also three raids in
A bar owner near the company's Kensington Ave. clinic said police came
around 10 a.m. Customers were allowed to leave before police closed
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Canada's law enforcement agencies, MADD Canada and other first
responders took to the country's roads and highways recently in their
annual campaign to promote safety on our highways over the summer
Adding to the complexity of addressing the issue of impaired driving
is the steady increase in the numbers of drivers who have been stopped
for drug impairment.
Law enforcement is also concerned that the impending legalization of
marijuana by the Trudeau Government will compound the problem.
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Municipalities are the ones who are going to be dealing with it on a
The Cape Breton Regional Police Service is attempting to prepare for
the impending legalization of cannabis but it's unclear how much it
will cost to put the necessary supports in place, Chief Peter McIsaac
In a report to the board of police commissioners Tuesday, McIsaac
outlined some of the measures that the service is taking to prepare
for the change. The federal government is set to legalize the
recreational use of cannabis next year but it hasn't been explained
yet how it will be regulated and distributed. While the law will be
federal, it will be left to the provinces and municipalities to
regulate it, he said.
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At least 30 cases linked to drugs missing from a storage locker likely
will be dropped, setting accused dealers free
A Halton cop who spent years taking drugs off the street is facing
five criminal charges after prescription opioids were stolen from a
police evidence locker.
At least 30 cases connected to the missing drugs likely will be
dropped because of the evidence-tampering, setting accused dealers
Staff Sgt. Brad Murray was in charge of the Drug and Morality Unit at
the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and had authorization to
access the locked storage area where all drugs seized by the service
were kept and catalogued.
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CAMBRIDGE - Waterloo Regional Police drug officers closed down a
marijuana dispensary in Cambridge on Wednesday.
Police raided the storefront business at 184 Samuelson St. near Elgin
Street North at 1 p.m.
Police spokesperson Cherri Greeno said the illegal business did not
have an official name.
During the raid, police seized a large amount of marijuana, marijuana
products, a small amount of suspected cocaine and prescription pills,
including Xanax and Oxycocet.
A 29-year-old Cambridge man and a 21-year-old Cambridge woman were
arrested. Both face several charges, including possession for the
purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.
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