The drug enforcement unit is the first of its kind in Canada, according to Minister Tom Osborne, who is in charge of the NLC
The Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC) is saying that the cost of illicit cannabis is taking a nosedive in the province thanks to its newly-established drug enforcement unit.
This past June, the NLC formed an enforcement unit to address the province’s so-called illicit cannabis problem. The drug enforcement unit can seize drugs, request search warrants, and investigate suspicious activity.
The drug enforcement unit is the first of its kind in Canada, according to Minister Tom Osborne, who is in charge of the NLC.
“It is the only drug enforcement agency of any of the regulators across the country. So we’re breaking new ground here,” Osborne told CBC News.
“What we’ve seen so far is the value of product in the illicit market has dropped from about $10 a gram to somewhere in the range of $6 a gram.”
The comments came during a presser at the Crown corporation’s St John’s headquarters yesterday.
During the conference, a significant amount of seized illicit cannabis products were displayed, including seeds, infused products like oils and edibles, and more than 240 pounds of dried flower.
The enforcement unit has partnered with other government entities such as the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Canada Post and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, partnerships for which Osborne partially credits the unit’s accomplishments so far.
An NLC executive said that approximately $1.2 million in illegal cannabis products have been confiscated since the unit became active earlier this year.
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Written by Emma Spears