Police charge three people after search of two illegal cannabis dispensaries
Halifax Regional Police conduct a search at the Farm Assists Cannabis Resource Centre on Sept. 5, 2014. (CTV Atlantic)
HALIFAX -- Halifax Regional Police have charged three people after conducting a search of two illegal cannabis dispensaries on Friday.
Police say members of their drug unit raided two Farm Assists locations at 1:30 p.m. They had a search warrant for the Gottingen Street location in Halifax and another location on Highway 7 in Porters Lake.
"Investigators seized approximately $26,000, 10 pounds of cannabis and over 1,600 other cannabis products," Halifax Regional Police said in a news release.
Michael Francis Preeper, 27, of Lake Echo, is facing charges, along with 35-year-old Lason Sinclair Johnson of Halifax, and 21-year-old Shauna Marie Crane of Halifax.
Preeper, Johnson, and Crane are due in court at a later date to face charges of possession of cannabis for the purpose of distributing, possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling, possession for the use in production or distribution of illicit cannabis, and possession of property obtained by crime.
Crane has also been charged with three counts of breaching a recognizance.
"The only legal way to buy recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia is through the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Cannabis retail and online outlets," the police release said. "The only legal way for Canadians to access medical cannabis is through Health Canada."