Medical marijuana abuse

potMembers of an Ontario family and their associates,  “raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits from the “egregious exploitation” of Canada’s medical marijuana laws, police alleged Thursday,” says the Vancouver Sun.

It goes on:

“Authorities say the group, based in Hamilton, obtained ‘several dozen’ licences to produce marijuana under the guise they were for medical purposes when, in reality, they were running a profitable marijuana grow operation whose distribution network stretched to Newfoundland.

“A spokesman for Health Canada, which distributes the licences, said Thursday cases like the one in Hamilton are a reason why the federal government is looking to phase out the distribution of licences for home production.”

In the US,  “Despite the fact that public support for medical marijuana is currently at all-time high, and may be legal in up to 24 states and the District of Columbia by the end of this year, the Department of Justice continues to crack down on medical marijuana on the federal level,” says Think Progress, adding.

“The DOJ has been targeting the landlords of medical marijuana shops in California as an indirect way to tamp down medical marijuana use. Although medical marijuana is legally under California state law, it is still illegal under federal law.”

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