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Niagara Senior Arrested for 1,200 Cannabis Plants, Claims Personal Use

Niagara, Ontario resident Armand Delorme, 65, insists the 1,200 cannabis plants he was arrested for growing in 2016—along with the three and a half pounds of dried flower found on his property—were a five-year supply entirely for personal use by him and his sister, both of whom suffer from chronic pain issues.

Judge Terry Colvin dismissed Delorme’s lawyer’s attempt to claim that police had no reason for a search warrant based on the strong smell of cannabis emanating from Delorme’s house, given that skunks lived nearby.

Colvin countered the officer had investigated 100 grow-ops and could tell the difference between the smell of cannabis and skunks, and sentenced Delorme to 90 days in jail.

While Colvin believed Delorme’s argument that the cannabis was entirely for medical purposes, and acknowledged the purpose of the grow-op was “compassion for his sister,” the judge nonetheless said a society without laws would descend into anarchy, and “The ends—marijuana oils and edibles—do not justify the means.”

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Jesse Staniforth reports on cannabis, food safety, and Indigenous issues. He is the former editor of WeedWeek Canada.

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