One particular of legalization’s purposes was to avoid crime. But as the policy modify gradually inches its way to ending black industry sales, a new legal thorn is now in our side.
In October, we reported on a thriving robbery on a legal develop op in Durham, Ontario, exactly where the suspects produced off with a considerable load of dried marijuana.
There was also the rather inspiring and mildly entertaining story of a failed September robbery on a cannabis shop, exactly where one particular clerk thwarted 4 men and women, fending them off with a bong and unintentionally ending up in a viral video.
Now, CBC News reports of a second thriving robbery, this time on a legal operation in Norfolk County of Townsend, Ontario.
Aside from becoming a further unfortunate occasion, incidents like these could also modify the way illegal cannabis is sold.
Robbery at Gunpoint
Reports are rather vague as to the size of the operation, but authorities describe it as a “farm” legally licensed to develop by Overall health Canada.
CBC News additional explains:
“Several suspects managed to get into the farm exactly where they removed a “large quantity” of cannabis prior to fleeing in a red Ford pickup with a cap on the back, along with a U-Haul Truck, according to an O.P.P. press release. One particular particular person was assaulted for the duration of the robbery and suffered minor injuries, say police.”
Whoever the robbers have been, they came ready. Aside from becoming armed, they drove to the place with a red Ford pickup truck and U-Haul van.
The police investigation is underway, but authorities encourage any one with expertise to speak to Crime Stoppers.
Presently, the O.P.P. has no suspects, but they luckily could possibly have a lead. Constable Ed Sanchuk says:
“We’re investigating an incident suitable now exactly where somebody in the neighborhood knows some thing. They’ve noticed some thing. We just want them to have the courage to choose up the telephone.”
Const. Sanchuk did not comment additional on this lead.
Altering the Landscape
Prior to legalization, the provide chain of illegal marijuana was relatively simple. Cannabis of several qualities produced it by means of a lengthy pipeline of illegal avenues, eventually reaching dealers.
Of course, this needed items like neighborhood underground develop ops or even lengthy journeys for illegal solution from other components of the nation – maybe even additional.
High quality with street marijuana has constantly been hit-and-miss, with no assure of a very good or clean solution. But with massive-scale develop operations popping up to meet the demand of legal cannabis, these establishments turn out to be prime targets for dealers or thieves searching to make an additional buck.
A severe problem (aside from the theft) is that now, the black industry can present a provide of higher-excellent cannabis at a reduce cost. If fortunate, some thieves could possibly even make it away with a proprietary strain.
One more problem is that stolen marijuana is practically not possible to trace when it hits the streets. Other stolen goods call for care and discretion to sell, creating marijuana a a lot nicer target.
If illegally-sold marijuana sourced from robberies becomes well known, law enforcement could see these incidents turn out to be additional frequent.
WeedAdvisor’s Concern for Market Security
Just as we wrote back in October, safety for the marijuana sector seems to be lacking. We hence have to ask ourselves how lots of comparable incidents have to take place prior to the government and LPs make a decision to invest in stronger security precautions.
Meanwhile, we hope to operate with retailers and licensed producers to present a selection of company options intended to boost efficiency, cut down overhead and no cost up sources for enhancing safety.