Article by Jesse McLean, The Toronto Star
The Durham cop allowed by his force to co-own a controversial marijuana company gave thousands of dollars in sponsorship money to a soccer team run by the senior Durham police official whose department vetted the constable’s pot shop ownership application.
Chief administrative officer Stan MacLellan oversees Durham police’s human resources unit, which handled the request from veteran Const. Phil Edgar to co-own Living On Inc., a medical weed shop located in Port Perry.
A recent Star investigation found the marijuana company is unlicensed and its website offers customers drug products such as pot brownies that are illegal to sell because of concerns of overdose or unintentional ingestion by children.
Edgar, a successful businessman when he’s not patrolling the streets, sponsored the girls competitive soccer team for at least three seasons. MacLellan, a civilian employee of the Durham police, coached the team and his daughter was a player.
Team financial records for the 2012-2013 season show the gas station Edgar owns, Fill-Up Fuels, gave the team $2,000. Edgar said he likely gave similar amounts each year, but does not keep track because he sponsors numerous local sports teams and community events.
In return for the money, the gas station’s name went on one of the team’s sets of jerseys.