Article by Sean Eckford, Coast Reporter
Cannabis dispensary owners Michelle and Doug Sikora say it’s back to business as usual at their S&M Medicinal Sweet Shoppe in Gibsons after they were granted a stay of proceedings on trafficking and possession charges.
The Sikoras were charged in March 2016 after an RCMP raid on their home in late 2015.
Provincial Court judge Steven Merrick granted the stay in a two-part ruling handed down May 8 in Sechelt provincial court.
In the first part of his ruling, Merrick said Crown prosecutors had successfully made the case that the Sikoras were guilty of possession for the purposes of trafficking and trafficking, after selling cannabis edibles from their home-based business to an undercover RCMP officer who did not have, and was never asked to show, a medical authorization.
Merrick’s finding brought a hush to the friends and supporters of the couple who were in the courtroom, but the mood changed when Merrick read out his decision on the application for a stay of proceedings based on the Jordan case.
Jordan was the 2016 Supreme Court of Canada decision that set benchmarks for delays in criminal trials and other court cases.