Police still 'dedicated' to busting pot dispensaries, even as laws set for change

Hamilton Police say a bust at a local dispensary is an indication it will continue to enforce marijuana selling and trafficking laws, even as the federal government commits to changing regulations.

Hamilton Police are investigating marijuana dispensaries, despite a promised legislation change

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Hamilton Police are continuing to raid marijuana dispensaries like Royal Farmacy on Main Street E, which had more than $20,000 worth of marijuana and marijuana derivatives. (Dave Beatty)

Hamilton police say they'll remain 'dedicated"  to enforcing current pot laws and crack down on sales and trafficking from marijuana dispensaries, even as the federal government commits to changing regulations.

The latest messaging regarding pot legalization in the city comes after police seized $20,000 in marijuana and marijuana derivatives from Royal Farmacy at 1395 Main Street East, near Kenilworth Avenue.

A 45-year old Hamilton man, believed to be the owner of the business, was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking both marijuana and THC, and for proceeds under $5,000.

The products included ciders, crackers, peanut butter cups and brownies, as well as cannabinoid oil capsules, syringes and shatter.

Criminal until proven otherwise

"The Federal Government has committed to making changes to the laws and regulations in relation to marihuana;" a police news release read. "However, until such changes are proclaimed law, the present provision of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in relation to the possession and sale of marihuana remain in force."

"The Hamilton Police Service is dedicated to investigating all allegations of criminal activity, including the selling or trafficking of marihuana from dispensaries."
The Federal government has committed to changing the legislation surrounding marijuana regulation by next spring. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Police made a push earlier this year, raiding two dispensaries in the summer with $75,000 and $100,000 worth of pot related products each.

This latest raid is of smaller value, but signals the ongoing effort of police to investigate marijuana dispensaries in the city, despite the looming legislation changes expected from the Trudeau government this spring.

The man charged with operating Royal Farmacy has been released and will appear in court on February 1, 2017.