Although for many Canadians weed is a good thing, can one have too much of it? In the case of an Ontario man, who has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for growing more than 3,000 plants, the short answer is most certainly.
The discovery was made when Niagara Regional Police officers responded to a robbery call from Port Colborne residents Peter Muileboom, 66, and his wife, on an early mid-September morning in 2016. The couple told officers that a posse of masked intruders had ordered them to hand over any drugs, guns, and cash, Niagara Falls Review reports.
Over the course of the investigation, cops were informed that a 2,700-square meter licensed medical cannabis facility was located on the property. While the facility, then known as Muileboom Organics, was licensed to grow approximately 400 plants under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations — also known as ACMPR, which was replaced when the federal Cannabis Act came into force in 2018 — police discovered and seized 3,390 cannabis plants.
The additional plants could have garnered an additional $1.5 million, according to authorities, but Muileboom was let go with a warning and did not incur any criminal charges. Six months later, however, a subsequent police visit to the farm unearthed an additional 3,000 plants, and Muilebroom was arrested and charged with production of a controlled substance.