Article by Herb Approach
It looks like the Durham Regional Police have been using the system to their benefit. In a perfect world, we trust those that are put in positions to keep us safe. The power and responsibility that comes with being a police officer isn’t small by any measure. Unfortunately, Durham Police Officers are taking advantage of what they’ve been asked to protect.
Playing on Both Sides of the Fence
Every day police officers are called on to keep the streets safe from those who wish to do harm to others. Sometimes these powers are taken advantage of, and those who were once called upon to keep the community safe are rigging the system to work in their favor. As reported by the star, the Durham Regional Police force has been dipping their feet into some hot water the last 12 months. Veteran officer Phil Edgar has been a member of the Durham Regional Police for 22 years. In this time he has made quite a name for himself in the crusade against cannabis.
At one point Phil Edgar was recognized for his work “cleaning the streets”, confiscating $530,000 worth of marijuana over 7 stops. While this may seem regular for a cop, maybe not the amount seized, but the line of work sure is. Unless of course, conflicts of interest arise.
As a co-owner of Living On Marijuana Dispensary, Phil had his hand in every pie. Joining on in December 2015, Phil assisted running the company, while being a police officer simultaneously. You may think this was done in secrecy from Durham Police, but it’s quite the opposite. Mr. Edgar followed the correct procedure when a police officer would like to obtain a second job. And after reviewing his application for secondary work, he was granted the permission to work with a cannabis dispensary.
Not only was a police officer in cahoots with a dispensary, other cannabis vendors were being actively raided and taken down in the region. Until now it may have seemed like a coincidence, but coincidence is usually filled with the seeds of truth. On September 7, 2016, Oshawa’s Emerald Triangle Cannabis Dispensary was raided. 3 other dispensaries received warnings as well, none of which were Living On.