Three of Four Charged in Saskatchewan Compassion Club Shutdown Go to Trial

Article by Adam Brilz, SaskNow

Three of the four people charged after their medicinal marijuana facility was shut down in Saskatoon are going to trial.
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Jaime Hagel, Lane Britnell and Mark Hauk, who was the owner of the Saskatchewan Compassion Club, have had their cases moved to Saskatoon’s Court of Queen’s Bench. A trial date has not been set yet.
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Hagel, Britnell, Hauk and Carson Ramsay were charged and arrested with trafficking marijuana and cannabis resin and possession for the purpose of trafficking an controlled substance in October 2015. The charges against Ramsay have since been withdrawn.
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The Compassion Club was shut down after police executed search warrants at the downtown business.
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A month before the arrests, Hauk said he knew opening a storefront for medical marijuana was illegal, but he felt it was the only option that made sense because otherwise patients have to order it online and wait for their prescription.
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Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government plan to allow the use of recreational marijuana in 2017, but an inspector with Saskatoon Police said officers had to act under the current law.

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