Sunday, September 20, 2020

RCMP seize drugs, weapons from Penticton home

PENTICTON - RCMP have seized drugs and weapons from what they call a quiet Penticton home. Police executed the search warrant on Thursday after a two-week long investigation into drug trafficking. (Global News)

Canada’s rushed rollout of legal cannabis has been a gift to black market

Officially, the Liberal Party wanted to legalize marijuana in order to remove the "criminal organizations, street gangs and gun-runners" associated with the drug, as Justin Trudeau put in a pithy bit of hyperbole during the 2015 election campaign.

BC gangsters busted in Winnipeg have long histories with police

Two B.C. man — one convicted in a high-profile 1982 slaying and the other as Independent Soldier gangster — have been charged in a major Winnipeg police investigation into a drug trafficking organization. (The Province)

‘Prince of Pot’ tries to get arrested for selling banned merchandise in Montreal

MONTREAL - Longtime cannabis policy reform advocate Marc Emery, also known as the “Prince of Pot,” failed in his first attempt to get arrested for selling goods that promote cannabis culture in downtown Montreal on Sunday. (Montreal Gazette)

Whitby man arrested in house explosion that injured three

WHITBY - In a tweet Wednesday night, Durham regional police say a man from Whitby is charged with criminal negligence and arson, as well as a charge of “production” under the Cannabis Act. (Toronto Sun)

Licensed cannabis growers tied to organized crime: CBC

An investor in a major Canadian cannabis company has had longstanding ties, including business dealings, with influential Mafia members and drug traffickers. Another investor in the same company has links with a prominent member of the Rizzutos, the powerful Montreal crime family. (CBC)
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  • ‘It’s an epidemic’: Inexpensive crystal meth eclipsing opioids on prairies

    Police are dealing with a prairie fire of methamphetamine use which is rapidly overtaking fentanyl as the drug of choice for many. (Winnipeg Sun)

    Calgary police pull over minivan loaded with drugs

    CALGARY - Police seized roughly $8 million in cocaine and methamphetamine after a three-month drug trafficking investigation — a bust they are calling one of the largest in the city’s history. (Calgary Herald)

    Life on the dirtiest block in San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO - The heroin needles, the pile of excrement between parked cars, the yellow soup oozing out of a large plastic bag by the curb and the stained, faux Persian carpet dumped on the corner. (WRAL)

    Canada facing shortage of legal pot as legalization looms

    The supply of legal pot in Canada will only meet 30 per cent to 60 per cent of demand after legalization, keeping the black market very much alive and stunting the government’s tax take, according to a new study. (Financial Post)
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