Pot licences abused: Police

Mar 11, 2013

Sev­eral mem­bers of an Ontario fam­ily and their asso­ciates raked in hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in prof­its from the “egre­gious exploita­tion” of Canada’s med­ical mar­i­juana laws, police alleged Thurs­day. Author­i­ties say the group, based in Hamil­ton, obtained “sev­eral dozen” licences to pro­duce mar­i­juana under the guise they were for med­ical pur­poses when, in real­ity, they were run­ning a prof­itable mar­i­juana grow oper­a­tion whose dis­tri­b­u­tion net­work stretched to New­found­land. A spokesman for Health Canada, which dis­trib­utes the licences, said Thurs­day cases like the one in Hamil­ton are a rea­son why the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is look­ing to phase out the dis­tri­b­u­tion of licences for home pro­duc­tion. Stephane Shank said he couldn’t say how many peo­ple have been caught defraud­ing the sys­tem but said “the gov­ern­ment is con­cerned that the cur­rent med­ical mar­i­juana access pro­gram is open to abuse.” Over the past decade, the num­ber of Cana­di­ans autho­rized to pos­sess mar­i­juana for med­ical pur­poses has bal­looned to over 28,000. More than 21,000 have been issued licences to pro­duce small amounts for them­selves or for oth­ers. The rest get their mar­i­juana couri­ered to them from a gov­ern­ment dis­trib­u­tor. Pub­date: Fri, 08 Mar 2013 Source: Province, The (CN BC) Copy­right: 2013 Post­media Net­work Inc. Con­tact: http://​www2​.canada​.com/​t​h​e​p​r​o​v​i​n​c​e​/​l​e​t​t​e​r​s​.​h​tml Web­site: http://​www​.the​p​rovince​.com/ Author: Dou­glas Quan

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