RCMP Says Medical Marijuana Producers’ Shipments Were Not Legal

The Mounties say they confiscated two shipments of medical marijuana bound for licensed producers in Ontario at a British Columbia airport because they contained prohibited items.

The Kelowna, B.C. detachment of the RCMP said Monday that the marijuana contained in the shipments “didn’t match what was authorized to be transferred.”

The seizures happened on the final day that Health Canada allowed companies to purchase plants and seeds from medical marijuana patients who were authorized as growers under Health Canada’s previous rules.

Tweed Inc. and Mettrum, the companies importing the weed, have insisted that they received Health Canada approval for the shipments. They have now both decided to abandon the shipments.

The fledgling government-approved medical marijuana producers had until March 31 to buy “starting materials” from small-time growers authorized under Health Canada’s Medical Marihuana Access Regulations, which ended as of April 1.

“If activities are undertaken outside of the parameters of these licenses, the RCMP’s role is to enforce the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which is what was done,” the RCMP said in a short statement on its website.

In the weeks before its implementation, licensed producers became concerned that they didn’t have enough supply to meet demand under the new Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, which disallows patients from growing their own product and forces them to buy online from one of the 12 currently-licensed commercial growers.

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.