Licensed Cannabis Growers Charged with Running Illegal Grow-Op North of Toronto for Second Time in Two Months

Article by Peter Edwards, Toronto Star

Licensed cannabis growers charged with running illegal grow-op north of Toronto for second time in two months By PETER EDWARDS Cannabis plants at a licensed Ontario facility in an April 22, 2016, file photo. (RANDY RISLING / TORONTO STAR)

York Regional Police have charged two Quebec men for the second time in two months with growing more cannabis than is permitted by their Health Canada licences at a grow-op in King Township.

The men, whom police charged after a Sept. 26 raid on two properties in the area of Woodchoppers Lane and Dufferin St., were arrested for the same offence on July 27 at a grow-operation on nearby Strawberry Lane.

York police also arrested six GTA men after the raid.
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“These investigations are raising significant concerns, as there is once again a blatant disregard for licensed grow limits,” Chief Eric Jolliffe said in a Tuesday news release.
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Although the operators had legal permits, investigators found nearly $400,000 in excess cannabis — more than 400 plants — was being grown on the properties, police said.
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“We are concerned the legalization of marijuana on Oct. 17 will increase overall demand and organized crime is poised and ready to supply that demand,” Jolliffe said.

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