At the beginning of 2019, the Edmonton Police Service received information that led to an investigation into several businesses selling cannabis products without the required municipal and provincial licences.
From August 3 to 10, 2019, the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Police Service conducted a joint operation. As a result of this investigation, on August 21, 2019, the Edmonton Police Service seized approximately $1,500 in cannabis products that were being sold illegally from three separate businesses, and eight businesses were fined a combined total of $48,000 for business licence and zoning bylaw offences by City of Edmonton municipal enforcement officers.
“A legal market is a safer market, and the EPS will continue to crack down on the illegal market,” says Cst. Dexx Williams, EPS Cannabis Liaison. “With edibles coming soon, we want to remind all workers in the cannabis industry that if you’re selling any cannabis products without a licence, including those that contain CBD, businesses can be fined up to $50,000, and individual workers can face a fine of up to $10,000.”
To find licensed cannabis retailers, citizens should visit https://aglc.ca/cannabis/retail-cannabis/cannabis-licensee-search. Police have also noticed an increase in the availability of illicit cannabis being sold online. To purchase cannabis legally online, visit albertacannabis.org.