Marijuana growing license violated

Lake Country RCMP arrest 44-year-old man for exceeding his 122 medical marijuana plant growing license by 267 additional plants.

A 44-year-old Lake Country man is facing charges after police discovered he was exceeding his medical marijuana license for growing pot plants.

A search warrant executed on March 16 at a home in the 1800 block of McGowan Road found the owner had a license to grow 122 marijuana plants for medical purposes, but a sophisticated grow op set-up in his garage resulted in the seizure of an extra 267 plants.

Along with the extra plants, issues with the electrical hookup for the garage were noted, and service to the building was subsequently shut off.

A 14-year-old boy was also found living in the residence as it is his parents’ home.

The suspect in the pot plant seizure now faces possible charges of Production of a Controlled Substance and Possession of the Purpose of Trafficking. Health Canada will be informed of his license violation with the recommendation that it be revoked.

When police present evidence to a judge that there are reasonable and probable grounds to believe that a criminal offence is taking place, and a warrant is granted, police may search residences that have medical marijuana licenses.