Manitoba – RCMP Close Illicit Cannabis Grow Operation

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WINNIPEG – On October 19, 2018, Winnipegosis and Dauphin RCMP executed a Controlled Drug and Substances Act warrant at a residence on Bridge Street in Winnipegosis, Manitoba. When officers entered the home, they found a large illicit cannabis grow operation.

A total of 94 cannabis plants in various stages of growth were seized.

Ronald Allan Sobotkiewicz was charged under the Cannabis Act with:

Possession of Illicit Cannabis
Possession for the Purpose of Distributing
Possessing Cannabis for the Purpose of Selling
Cultivate, Propagate, or Harvest a Cannabis Plant that is from Seed or Plant Material that is Illicit Cannabis

Since cannabis became legal on October 17, 2018, until October 24, 2018, RCMP have charged the following:

Unlawful Transport in or on a Vehicle x 12
Consume Cannabis in a Vehicle x 2
Consumption of Cannabis by a Young Person
Possessing Illicit Cannabis x3 (this includes a 16-year-old selling at a school)
Impaired by Drug

A reminder to all Manitobans: Cannabis cannot be grown at home in Manitoba. It can only be purchased from approved distributors as outlined in the federal Cannabis Act and the provincial Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act. To transport cannabis in a vehicle, it must be secured outside the passenger compartment, or under the furthest seat away from the driver in a van or SUV.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

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