Eight Edmonton businesses fined $48,000 for selling cannabis without a licence

Lisa Johnson

September 5, 2019

-The Edmonton Journal

Eight businesses in Edmonton have been fined $48,000 for selling cannabis products illegally in the city, police said Thursday.

“A legal market is a safer market, and the Edmonton Police Service will continue to crack down on the illegal market,” said Cst. Dexx Williams, in a news release.

Police received a tip that several businesses were selling cannabis products without the required municipal and provincial licences in early 2019. Approximately $1,500 in cannabis products that were being sold illegally from three separate businesses were seized on August 21 after a joint operation by the city and the Edmonton police. The investigation revealed that while eight businesses were selling the products, only three of them still had product for sale when officers arrived to inform them that tickets had been issued.

All eight businesses were fined $48,000 for business licence and zoning bylaw offences by City of Edmonton municipal enforcement officers.