Canada Lets Pot Grower’s License Expire, Raids, Cuts Off Power
?B.C. Man May Be Spending Christmas In The DarkMedical marijuana grower David Hodgkinson may be having a dark Christmas after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police swooped in on his home Friday, busted up his grow operation and cut off his power, reports Robert Barron at the Nanaimo Daily News.Hodgkinson has been growing medicinal cannabis for about a year under a government license from Health Canada, and was licensed to grow up to 49 plants. But his license expired in August, despite the fact that he applied for its renewal eight full weeks before its expiration date, as stipulated by the government.But since Health Canada over the past year has experienced a “sharp rise” of applications to grow medical marijuana that have “slowed the process down,” according to a spokeswoman, Hodgkinson’s license wasn’t renewed in a timely manner.Did that delay result in an apology for laggardliness from the government or its health ministry, especially since their slowness could impact the health of patients?No, it got Hodgkinson, of Cedar, British Columbia, an armed police raid and his electrical power cut off.
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