MJ Biz Report: Health Canada referred almost 500 cannabis-related cases to federal police over 2-year period

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Health Canada referred nearly 500 cannabis business-related cases to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for possible enforcement action during the two years ending in March 2021, a major increase over fiscal year 2018-19.

The federal government’s top cannabis regulator disclosed the police referrals after MJBizDaily inquired about the referrals’ absence from the agency’s latest compliance and enforcement report.

Health Canada said the referrals “typically consist of illegal cannabis retailers or sales, including physical locations and online sales, illegal cultivation operations and/or illegal delivery or distribution services.”

The person, company or organization targeted in the referrals aren’t identified.

In the 2019-20 fiscal year, 287 cases were sent to the national police force – a ninefold increase over the 2018-2019 financial year, when Health Canada referred 32 cases to the RCMP.


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