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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Compassionate Use Club busted

Police just enforcing law, says spokesperson.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Chris Enns and Sherri Reeve discuss Enns' arrest.
  • Chris Enns and Sherri Reeve discuss Enns' arrest.
Two weeks ago, the Halifax RCMP arrested three people associated with Halifax Compassionate Use Club, which connects medical marijuana users to growers.

Chris Enns, who is president of the club, was charged with trafficking in marijuana, hash and mushroom, and with growing marijuana. He was arrested at the Compassionate Use Club on Highway 7 in Porters Lake. The Club is in the upper level of a building shared with Enns’ business, The Grow-Op Shop, which sells growing equipment. Another man and a woman were arrested at Enns’ East Chezzetcook home, and charged with trafficking marijuana. Police have not released their names.

The arrest sent shook waves through the medical marijuana community, and last week about two dozen supporters and members of the club showed up at a press conference in Porters Lake. Enns and Sherri Reeve, the club’s vice-president, told reporters that they suspect an RCMP officer had posed as a medical marijuana patient in order to get information that was used in the search warrant. They insist they have only supplied marijuana to people with a medical licence for it.

The mushrooms were for her personal use, said Reeve. Over $50,000 in cash seized during the raid belonged to the Grow-Op Shop, not the club, said Enns.

Scott MacRae, who speaks for the RCMP, will not say how the investigation that led to the arrests was started, or if undercover operatives were used.

Do the arrests reflect a view on the RCMP’s part that providing medical marijuana is a criminal offence?

“The police will only act if there’s a violation of a law that’s on the books,” answers MacRae. “In this case, they believed there was trafficking of controlled substances.”

Is it the RCMP’s position that medical marijuana users can possess marijuana but they can’t acquire it?

“That’s pretty well it,” says MacRae. “Will these things change over time? That’s another question, for politicians, and the community.”

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