An Antigonish County resident has asked the local Crown Attorney to either return marijuana police took from his home or repay him.

SYDNEY: A local man is facing charges following the execution of a search warrant at a marijuana dispensary.

On July 28, Cape Breton Regional Police Service (CBRPS) and the RCMP Integrated Street Crime Unit executed a warrant at Nova Budds, a medical marijuana dispensary, on a business on Kings Road in Howie Center. A release from the CBRPS stated three men were arrested at the time and police found marijuana, shatter, and other products containing THC, including food and different cannabis oils.

“The business was operating illegally,” the release stated. “Storefronts or dispensaries are not authorized to sell cannabis for medical or any other purposes. These operations are illegally supplied and provide products that are unregulated and may be unsafe.

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“When [marijuana] is legalized in Canada, a person will have to apply to Health Canada to grow marijuana for their own use for medical purpose, or if a person wants to be a licensed provider, it will be in a secure sanitary place and it will be still be illegal for an individual to advertise cannabis or set up a storefront or dispensary under the Access to Cannabis For Medical Purposes Regulations [ACMPR].”

Following the arrests, police charged a 34-year-old Port Hawkesbury man with marijuana possession for the purpose of trafficking and cannabis resin possession for the purpose of trafficking. The man, who police did not name, is set to appear in court at a later date.

The two other men arrested were released with no charges.