Article by Mitch Wiles, CBC News
RCMP in Hay River, N.W.T., barged in on a senior citizen selling cannabis oil at the Fisherman’s Wharf Market on Saturday. As it turned out, the oil is legal to sell.
Jerry Miller, 67, sells low THC cannabis sativa seed oil through his company MedMar Natural Products. He has been selling the oil since March, 2017. He is based out of High Level, Alta.
This was the fourth time he has set up a booth at the market in Hay River, and his first run-in with police over the product.
Miller said RCMP surrounded his booth, read him his rights, and asked him if he wanted legal representation. Miller requested a lawyer but said the investigation proceeded anyway.
“I didn’t know this until later, but [RCMP] had a complaint saying that we had told someone that we were selling ‘bud marijuana’ in bottles, which never happened. That is a total fabrication. But he had the complaint so he had to follow up,” Miller said.
Miller said RCMP failed to identify themselves and were unnecessarily aggressive toward his staff and customers. Photos show RCMP in standard uniforms.
“He was yelling at the customers that if they didn’t leave right now they would get arrested too,” Miller said.
“He was just a yelling monster. Two of us are senior citizens … I was afraid he might cause a heart attack or something,”
Miller said RCMP removed him from his booth and questioned him about the products he was selling. Miller sells a range of cannabis oils and hemp flour dog biscuits.