York police seize $1.7 million worth of illegal cannabis products

Mar 8 2019, 3:20 pm

One person has been arrested and charged after York Regional Police seized $1.7 million worth of cannabis products, which included edibles that look like “common candy.”

Included in the seizure were a variety of edible cannabis products including gummy bears, chocolate bars, lollipops and cotton candy, all containing cannabis, that look no different in appearance than similar products made and marketed to children.

Many of the products were not adequately labelled and instructions regarding dosage were unclear, according to police.

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Police say in the investigation began on February 28 after the suspect was observed in a “suspicious” transaction at a commercial building in the area of Keele Street and Steeles Avenue West.

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The suspect was placed under arrest and officers found that he was in possession of more than $6,000 in currency, 400 grams of cannabis flower and business documentation related to a dispensary located in the City of Toronto.

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Investigators executed search warrants at the commercial building as well as at a dispensary located at 191 Baldwin Road in Toronto and seized cannabis and cannabis-related products.

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Police have since charged Emil Mikhailov, 42, from the City of Vaughan with cannabis distribution offences.

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Following the seizure, police are warning parents to ensure children have no access to these “harmful products.”

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Edibles are not currently legal but are expected to be by October 17, one year after cannabis legalization.