Authorities raided all three Stop & Smell the Roses (SASTR) locations and seized roughly $30,000 in illicit cannabis products
Four Ontario adults have been charged with unlawfully selling cannabis, possessing cannabis for the purpose of distribution, possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling, and possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, CTV News London reports.
Police in Owen Sound, Hanover and Saugeen Shores are investigating two men (both 24) and two women (20 and 48). The accused allegedly sold illicit products containing cannabidiol (CBD, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid derived from cannabis) in March via an unlicensed business with locations in Owen Sound, Hanover, and Port Elgin, Owen Sound Sun Times notes.
All four of the accused have been released, but are expected to appear again in court in the near future.
Authorities raided all three Stop & Smell the Roses (SASTR) locations and seized roughly $30,000 in illicit CBD products, over $7000 in cash, POS terminals, paperwork, computers and other items from the shops.
SASTR describes itself as “dedicated to ending the negative stigma around the cannabis industry and educating people on the hemp and cannabis plants.”
Although CBD is non-intoxicating, products containing cannabinoids like CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, a well-known intoxicating cannabinoid) are subject to the same regulations in the Cannabis Act as all cannabis products.
There is a commonly-held but incorrect belief among Canadians that hemp-derived CBD is applicable to the same rules as hempseed oil (which does not contain cannabinoids).
Ontario premier Doug Ford’s daughter Kyla fell under scrutiny earlier this year when she marketed illicit CBD products from unlicensed wellness company Bodhi Naturals on her social media pages.
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