During an inspection of an unlicensed cannabis store in East Vancouver, firearms were discovered, large quantities of cannabis products were confiscated and arrested.
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) announced today (June 11) that on June 9th, VPD officials inspected the provincial Community Safety Unit (CSU) on an inspection of a cannabis store without a provincial retail license near Clarke Drive and William Street supported.
BC’s CSU is responsible for compliance and enforcement of the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act, particularly against unlicensed cannabis dealers and other illegal sellers.
“The legislation states that a seller must be licensed by the provincial government and that the product for sale must be obtained through the provincial government in order to ensure the safety of the product and ultimately the consumer,” said VPD spokesman Const. Tania Visintin stated in a press release.
During the search, CSU investigators discovered two handguns and the VPD confiscated them with a search warrant.
The officer also seized cannabis oils, cannabis topicals and cannabis edibles with an estimated total sales value of $ 50,000 to $ 60,000.
In addition, CSU found about 11 kilograms (25 pounds) of dried psilocybin (mushrooms), about 34 kilograms (75 pounds) of psilocybin-infused edible products, and hundreds of individually packaged psilocybin powders mixed with dietary supplements. The estimated total sales value of these items is $ 100,000.
Police arrested a 35-year-old man who has since been released pending further investigation.
Charges have not yet been brought.
This announcement follows a June 9 press release from the Minister of Public Safety and Attorney General of BC Mike Farnworth, which stated that the BC Cannabis Secretariat was working with the assistance of the BC Center for Disease Control and the National Collaborating Center for Environmental Health conducted a pilot study to test cannabis that the CSU had seized from six illegal sellers in Metro Vancouver.
In the study, 20 dried cannabis samples were sent to a government-licensed laboratory in February. The test results showed the presence of 24 pesticides as well as “unacceptable levels of bacteria, fungi, lead and arsenic”.
The BC government press release states that federally licensed cannabis producers must have their products tested for the presence of solvent residues and contaminants, including pesticides, fungi, bacteria and heavy metals.
More details on the study are available on the National Collaborating Center for Environmental Health website.