On June 2, 2021, the Colchester District RCMP Street Crime Enforcement Unit and the General Investigation Section, with support from Millbrook RCMP, Bible Hill RCMP, and Criminal Intelligence Service of Nova Scotia, executed search warrants at three cannabis dispensaries located in Millbrook.
As a result of the unlicensed cannabis storefronts continuing to operate and not voluntarily ceasing operations, police attended the properties and conducted searches of the unlicensed cannabis storefront under the federal Cannabis Act. A significant quantity of cannabis, cannabis products (including a large quantity of edibles) and cash were seized. Five people were arrested under the Cannabis Act and Excise Act and are facing charges that include the following:
- Distribution of Cannabis
- Possession for the Purpose of Distributing Cannabis
- Unlawfully Selling Cannabis
- Unauthorized Possession of Cannabis for the Purpose of Selling it
- Sale of Unstamped Cannabis Products
- The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are pending.
Nova Scotia RCMP is continuing to employ a measured approach, which includes consultation with the stakeholders, to address the unlicensed sale of cannabis in the community. Increasing complaints, concerns about the products being sold, and the nearby public places usually frequented by young persons prompted the police action at these storefronts. Our goal is to have the unlicensed storefronts cease operations.
File # 2021486169