Owen Sound, Hanover, Port Elgin
(interesting for CBD)
Four people have been charged after police busted a business’s stores in Owen Sound, Port Elgin and Hanover as part of a combined forces investigation into the alleged illicit sale of CBD products.
The raid in Owen Sound took place at Stop & Smell the Roses at 640 10th St. W., Unit 3, according to the Owen Sound Police Service. A police news release on the “illicit cannabis dispensary” investigation says the three locations belonged to the same business.
The Owen Sound, Saugeen Shores and Hanover police services began their investigation in March. On Thursday, officers from the three departments used Cannabis Act warrants to search three sites.
It is alleged that at each location, illicit cannabidiol (CBD) products were being sold without the required licensing, according to a police news release.
Officers seized about $30,000 worth of alleged illicit CBD products that had been offered for sale at the three locations. About $7,400 in cash and computers and point-of-sale terminals were also seized.
Two men, both aged 24 from Saugeen Shores, and two women, a 20-year-old from Hanover and 48-year-old from Saugeen Shores, were arrested.
They face charges that include unlawfully selling cannabis, unlawfully possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling it, unlawfully possessing cannabis for the purpose of distributing it and possessing property obtained by crime under $5,000.
The news release notes that CBD can legally be purchased and sold from properly licensed entities, including the Ontario Cannabis Store. Regulated CBD can also be legally possessed as long as the quantity of CBD and other cannabis products falls within the parameters of the act.
“There is a common misconception that CBD derived from ‘hemp’ is legal where in fact, CBD is regulated no matter its source.”