Man charged in illegal cannabis grow-op in Edmonton

Oct 31 2019, 11:21 am

An Edmonton man is facing three charges related to an illegal cannabis grow-op in a home in northeast Edmonton.

According to a release by Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Police Service Cannabis Investigations Unit conducted a search warrant at an address in the area of 157 Avenue and 80 Street, which led to the arrest of 35-year-old Ryan Paton.

“Inside, police uncovered a grow operation that included approximately 130 viable cannabis plants, as well as dried cannabis, illegal cannabis edibles, psilocybin mushrooms and cannabis manufacturing equipment.”

The total seizure is estimated to be worth more than $148,000.

“Just like alcohol, cannabis is a regulated product,” says Cst. Dexx Williams, EPS Cannabis Compliance Officer, in the release.

“If you’re going to produce it at home, you need to comply with all municipal, provincial and federal requirements. If not, you could face criminal and provincial charges, along with substantial financial setbacks in order to bring your property into compliance.”

It is legal to grow up to four plants per household for personal use, but in order to legally grow more, growers must apply for a license and adhere to regulations, permits, and safety codes.

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Edmonton Police Service