Arriving home after a date night, Revelstoke, BC couple Anna Minten and Emmanuel Levesque Dupere were surprised to discover at least five members of the RCMP raiding their home (as well as an apartment on their property rented to a tenant), looking for cannabis.
- Constable Faron Ling, an off-duty member of the Revelstoke RCMP, attended the town’s annual fundraiser garden tour and spotted three “non-medicinal” cannabis plants in a distant corner of Minten and Dupere’s large garden. He got a warrant and returned several days later to toss the house and seize the illegal now-legal weed.
- While it’s illegal in BC for residents to grow cannabis within view of the public, the plants in question were at significant distance from the road on private property at the end of a dead-end street.
- The RCMP argued a private home becomes a public place during an event like a garden tour, and that Minten and Dupere flouted provincial law when they invited 70 neighbours to visit their garden with its three plants.
- RCMP Corporal Mike Esson said, “By not properly growing cannabis plants, the residents have opened themselves up to the possibility of theft of the cannabis and drugs falling into the hands of youth in our community.”
- Per their report, police seized three plants in order “to support charges.” Lawyer John Conroy, whose team helped defeat the Harper government’s MMPR rules banning home MED growing, wondered whether a crown prosecutor will take the case to court. If charged, Minten and Dupere may be fined a maximum $5,000, imprisoned for three months, or both.
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- The prosecutor, however, might drop the case entirely. Last week, federal prosecutors declined to charge six employees arrested during a raid on the Nelson branch of illicit MMJ Dispensary chain. Nelson police chief constable Paul Burkart said, “It was also clear that they no longer felt the public interest was there to pursue the charges.”
- Outdoor growing is catching on, mainly because it’s cheap, with yields at 20 to 25 cents per gram, compared with $1 per gram in a greenhouse, and $2 indoors.
- Ottawa has made the last of its changes to cannabis pardons ahead of the coming October election, after which the Conservatives may rise to power (though their poll numbers have faltered in recent weeks).