Federal ministers defend cannabis rollout after Enquête uncovers ties to organized crime

By November 9, 2018 Recent News

CBC News 2 November 2018
Family First Comment: “…it’s a troubling sign that, two weeks into the era of legal cannabis, the black market appears to have infiltrated Canada’s legal supply chain.”
And based on Colorado, it will continue to exist.

Investigation finds Mafia links to legal producers as health minister calls background checks ‘exhaustive’

Federal ministers defended the rollout of legal cannabis Friday after a Radio-Canada investigation revealed that the financial backers of some producers have links to organized crime.

The French-language investigative program Enquête found that two individuals connected to illegal drug trafficking, including one with links to the Rizzuto crime family, were able to invest in a major legal cannabis producer.

Another individual with ties to the illegal market was able to sell his cannabis business to one of Canada’s biggest legal players in exchange for shares in the company.

“It’s not something that happens overnight, but there are laws in place to ensure that we do everything we can to capture individuals that are involved in organized crime,” said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

RCMP Supt. Yves Goupil told Enquête that while the police force conducts background checks on those applying to be licensed producers, uncovering everyone who is investing in the venture is a much more costly process.

He said the RCMP cannot afford to employ deep surveillance techniques on every producer.
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