Judge Rules 2016 Project Claudia Police Raids on Medical Marijuana Stores Were Legal

Article by CBC News

Judge rules 2016 police raids at medical marijuana stores were legal More than 90 people were charged following the Project Claudia raids in May 2016 CBC News

A judge on Friday ruled that police raids carried out in May 2016 at 43 medical marijuana dispensaries in Toronto were constitutional.

The constitutionality of the searches had been challenged by Mark Stupak — one of more than 90 people who were charged following the Project Claudia raids.

Stupak, the owner of the SoCo Medical Social Collective, was charged in 2016 with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of the proceeds of crime — more than $5,000 in cash.

Alan Young — an Osgoode Hall Law School professor who represented Stupak — had argued the charges were unconstitutional because no clear-cut laws were in place at the time to provide relief for the legitimate medicinal marijuana users his client sells to.

But in handing down here ruling, Justice Heather McArthur said the application must be denied.

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