Nova Scotia

2 medical marijuana growers in C.B. charged

Two licensed marijuana growers in Cape Breton face drug-related charges for allegedly growing 60 more plants than they're allowed.

Two licensed marijuana growers in Cape Breton face drug-related charges for allegedly growing 60 more plants than they're allowed.

RCMP in Richmond County arrested two people Thursday after searching a home in Cleveland, near Port Hawkesbury.

Investigators seized marijuana plants, cannabis resin, drug paraphernalia and some money.

The two people arrested both had licences from Health Canada to possess and produce medical marijuana, but RCMP said they had 60 plants too many.

The federal government is expected to tighten the rules so that only regulated private operators may grow marijuana, and not individuals.

For years, police, firefighters and municipal politicians across Canada have complained about abuses of Health Canada permits.

"It is a fairly common occurrence that we're seeing people growing more plants than they're allowed to," Sgt. Keith MacKinnon, with the RCMP drug enforcement branch in Nova Scotia, told CBC News in May.

Two licensed pot growers were arrested in the Halifax region  this spring. Police said one was making hash oil in his basement and the other had 312 plants even though he was only allowed to have 15.

The two people arrested on Thursday are due in court in September to face charges of illegal production and possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of a controlled substance.

RCMP said the two could face more charges.

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