Judge Grants Absolute Discharge for Marijuana Dispensary Operators

Article by Liz Monteiro, Waterloo Region Record

 

Judge grants absolute discharge for marijuana dispensary operators

A provincial court judge granted an absolute discharge to a young Kitchener couple who were running an illegal marijuana dispensary in Waterloo.

Justice Colin Westman said Nour and Shady Louka committed “an offence of compassion” when they operated a medical marijuana dispensary in uptown Waterloo and sold pot to adults with medical marijuana licences.

Westman described the couple as “activists in favour of their fellow human beings” and running a marijuana dispensary was “essentially civil disobedience.”

Westman agreed the couple broke the law and a finding of guilt was issued, but the pair will not have a criminal record.

“You are not going to be compromised in my court, not for circumstances like this,” Westman said in his judgment Friday.

Nour Louka, 30, owned and operated the Waterloo Dispensary, which sold marijuana out of a second-floor business on King Street. Her husband, Shady Louka, 32, was a part-time, temporary employee.

The Loukas opened their dispensary in April 2015 and four months later they were busted by Waterloo Regional Police. Both pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Shady Louka also pleaded guilty to careless storage of a 9 mm Glock handgun in their home. That charge will be dealt with at a later date.

Shady Louka was arrested with more than $10,000 cash in the trunk of his car. Another $4,400 in Canadian money and $1,829 in U.S. cash was found at their house, plus a money counter.

The Crown was seeking convictions and $10,000 fines.

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