Charges are pending against several different people after Edmonton police officers raided a warehouse and several homes last month, seizing more than $3.3 million worth of cannabis products they say , were part of an unlicensed retail operation.
“Funds from the illegal production and sale of cannabis feed the proceeds generated into the legitimate economy,” said Const. Dan Melnyk of the Edmonton Police Department’s Drug and Gang Section said in a news release on Friday. “This can unfortunately undermine the integrity of the financial system.
“Additionally, the illegal production and sale of cannabis results in a significant loss of revenue for regulated cannabis production sites and licensed cannabis retailers. Taken together, these activities jeopardize the existence of legitimate industry.
EPS said it began investigating the activities of an online cannabis retailer in the Edmonton area in March. Investigators allege that there was no proper license to grow and sell cannabis and they believe “licenses to produce cannabis for personal medical needs were misused to facilitate production”.
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On July 19, police executed search warrants at a warehouse in Onoway, Alberta, and several residences in Edmonton. They seized 2,589 cannabis plants, 134 kilograms of dried cannabis flower, 947 grams of psilocybin, 636 grams of cannabis concentrate products, cannabis cultivation equipment – including specialized lighting equipment, three vehicles and 15 $500 in cash.
Police said Friday their investigation into the retailer was still ongoing.
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