Late October the York Regional Police seized 28,964 plants and 3,990 pounds of harvested cannabis valued at over $150 million in Project Green Sweep, a massive Ontario operation that led to 37 arrests and 67 charges.
15 search warrants were executed, a number of properties in the York region including Markham, King, Stouffville and East Gwillimbur; and among the items seized, 3 kangaroos and 2 zebras at a location in Schomberg.
Grey area in Canada’s medical cannabis programs has been cited by the YRP as to how these operations have gone undetected.
The ACMPR program, or Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations have been available to Canadians in order to provide medical patients fair access to cannabis for medical purposes. This comes with far larger numbers than the Cannabis Act limit of 4 plants and 30 grams. Up to 4 licenses with increased plant limits can be pooled together on one property which makes it cheaper to produce in the long run and allows license holders to possess not only hundreds of plants but also multiple pounds of stored, dried cannabis.
Here’s a few images courtesy of the YRP press release “ILLEGAL CANNABIS CONNECTED TO ORGANIZED CRIME SEIZED BY YORK REGIONAL POLICE“.
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Check out all of the images from Project Green Sweep