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Medical grow-op licence falls short for Lake Country man

Health Canada may issue licences to grow medical marijuana, but cultivators had best beware — Mounties don't take kindly to those who plant more pot than their fair share.

Lake Country RCMP executed a search warrant on a residence where such a situation was suspected on the 11800 block of McGowan Road,  March 16.

"Police were aware that the owner of the residence had a medical marijuana license for 122 plants but information suggested that he was exceeding that number," said Const. Kris Clark.

"Police located a sophisticated grow operation in the detached garage, which, as suspected, far exceeded the allotment provided by the medical marihuana license."

In all, police seized 267 marijuana plants of the 389 located, leaving the 122 to which the man was legally entitled.

"Investigators also found issues with the electrical to the garage, and service was subsequently terminated to the outbuilding," said Clark.

The man 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," he said.

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