TPS conduct large scale raid on Canna Clinic dispensary chain

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TPS conduct large scale raid on Canna Clinic dispensary chain

Post by notsofasteddie » Fri 23rd Jun 2017 01:33 pm

TPS conduct large scale raid on Canna Clinic dispensary chain

Details still emerging on this police operation that included raids in Vancouver and Toronto

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By Lift Staff
June 22, 2017


Toronto Police Services conducted a large raid against the BC-based Canna Clinic chain of cannabis dispensaries today, including seven Toronto locations and three Vancouver locations. The Vancouver locations are being described as "residences," not retail stores.

As of press time, Toronto Police Services (TPS) has yet to release any official update on the raids. Vancouver Police declined comment and deferred to Toronto Police Services. More updates from Lift as information emerges.

Similar raids were undertaken by TPS earlier this year in Project Gator, which targeted the Cannabis Culture chain of marijuana stores. Those raids saw RCMP raid Cannabis Culture locations in Vancouver in relation to their investigation.

Toronto Municipal Licensing and Services sought an injunction against Canna Clinic earlier this year. In April, the Attorney General’s office announced they were seeking a forfeiture order for nearly $600,000 seized from carry-on luggage of an alleged courier for Canna Clinic who was waiting to board a flight to Vancouver at Pearson Airport in January.

Canna Clinic lists seven Toronto locations and five Vancouver locations on their website.

Employees from one Toronto location recently unionized after an armed robbery in April made them concerned for their safety. Another Canna Clinic location was robbed in November, 2016.

Toronto Police have been conducting raids against various dispensaries since they initiated Project Claudia in May of 2016. In October, the City of Toronto published a press release stating they will be issuing closing orders to property owners of dispensaries selling edibles.

Figures from the city from last November show the city had inspected 135 dispensaries, resulting in 85 closures, laying 347 charges.

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Re: TPS conduct large scale raid on Canna Clinic dispensary chain

Post by notsofasteddie » Fri 30th Jun 2017 11:17 pm

Eight arrested in raid on Canna Clinic marijuana dispensary


Toronto police said they seized 8.3 kilograms of marijuana during the raid.



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Police raided the Canna Clinic dispensary at 213 Ossington Ave. where they arrested eight employees.
(Bernard Weil / Toronto Star file photo)


By Bryann AguilarStaff Reporter
Thu., June 29, 2017


Eight employees of a Toronto marijuana dispensary are facing multiple charges following a police raid on Wednesday.

Toronto police said they executed a search warrant at a Canna Clinic at 213 Ossington Ave.

Police seized about 908.12 grams of marijuana oil, 73.5 grams of shatter, 8.3 kilograms of marijuana, and 42.7 grams of hash. They also took $4,941 of cash.

Petro Merkulov, 21; Pabo Ogunlesi, 22; Grad Murray, 29; Kavan Benthien, 28; Ruth-Lande Henry, 21; Eric On, 23; Joshua Hakimi, 23, and Katherine Klippenstein, 27, all from Toronto, were arrested during the raid.

They were all charged with possession schedule II substance, possession for the purpose trafficking schedule II substance, and possession proceeds of crime (under 5,000)

Murray and Benthien were also charged with fail to comply recognizance.

They were all scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall Thursday morning.

The clinic was also one of the seven storefront locations raided on June 22, as part of Project Lincoln.


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