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by papapuff » Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:48 am

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St. Catharines marijuana dispensary shut down, 2 people charged

The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 20, 2017

Niagara Region police say they have shut down an illegal marijuana dispensary operating in St. Catharines and have laid charges against two people.

Police said they began to receive information about the dispensary in early April and arrested "several people" during a search on Wednesday.

Police said they seized 2,902 grams of processed marijuana along with 135 grams of "shatter," 322 pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes, 370 marijuana oil capsules and $4,650 in cash. They say the drugs have a street value of $39,500.

Two women have been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.

They were released from custody and are scheduled to return to court in June.
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by papapuff » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:22 pm

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Police say storefront marijuana dispensary shut down again

St. Catharines location previously searched in May

NEWS Aug 10, 2017 01:57 Niagara This Week - St. Catharines

ST. CATHARINES — An organization that bills itself as being dedicated to health and wellness but that the police term as nothing more than an illegal marijuana dispensary has been shut down again.

In July, Niagara regional police began a second investigation into marijuana and marijuana products being sold from the Niagara Cannabis Club at 108 Hartzel Rd.

The location was previously searched on May 11, when police seized a quantity of the drug, as well as edibles made using it. Police also searched homes on Pelham Road, Turner Crescent and Leaside Drive at that time.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, police searched the same locations again, seizing thousands of dollars worth of marijuana and products.

Ernest Kirby, 68, and Amanda Keeping, 37, have been charged with possession of a schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds over $5,000.

Kelly Kirby, 50, and Timothy Robitailee, 52, have been charged with possession of a schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds over $5,000, possession of a schedule II substance and breach of OIC undertaking.

Police stressed in the media release that storefronts or private clubs claiming to be a legitimate source of marijuana are not authorized to distribute it.

On its Facebook page, the Niagara Cannabis Club says it is dedicated to the health of its members, its community involvement and providing "a safe cannabis information and inhalation site."

While the federal government tabled legislation about to legalize marijuana last April, that move was not accompanied by an amnesty for people buying or selling drugs now, nor were police directed to stop enforcing the law as it stands now.

The only way to legally obtain marijuana at this time is to go through a licensed producer authorized by Health Canada or through a personal/designated production licence.
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