Article by Katie Derosa, Times Colonist
Victoria police have seized cash that was heading to a Victoria cannabis bakery, after someone smelled marijuana coming from a piece of luggage on a Helijet flight — a sign of the marijuana industry’s reliance on cash.
It was the second time in a week that suspected marijuana raised alarms on a Helijet flight. In the first case, police seized 30 pounds of marijuana.
Officers arrived at Helijet’s Dallas Road terminal Tuesday night “after it was reported that there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from a package,” said Victoria police spokesman Const. Matt Rutherford. No marijuana was found but an undisclosed quantity of cash was seized, because “the package where the money was found previously contained marijuana.”
Police are still investigating the source of the money, but the Times Colonist has confirmed it was destined for Baked Edibles, which bills itself as the longest-running medical cannabis bakery in Canada.
Ted Smith, founder of Cannabis Buyers Club, which does business with the bakery, said the person carrying the cash was doing a legitimate business transaction after selling cannabis oil to a dispensary in Vancouver.
Police were also called to the Helijet terminal on Jan. 10 on a marijuana complaint. Officers seized 30 pounds of marijuana and arrested three people, Rutherford said. Two people were released without charge and one person was released with a promise to appear in court on charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking. That case has not been linked to any marijuana dispensary.