Allen Piche, the man charged with feeding dozens of black bears around his Christina Lake grow op, has pled guilty to more charges reports CTV BC.
The world’s attention was drawn to the Kootenays in 2010 when police raided a grow op and found dozens of bears hanging around.
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary has thrown their support behind a local initiative to decentralize medical marijuana growing, reports Karl Yu at the Grand Forks Gazette.
The regional directors sent a letter of support in principle for a pilot project by the Grand Forks Compassionate Society, asking the federal government to hand over control of medical marijuana growth to the province. Jim Leslie, executive director of the society, said he wants to see medical marijuana grown at many locations instead of a centralized facility. This could economically benefit the region, he said.
Nelson’s police board and mayor want Health Canada to revoke licenses to grow medical marijuana, reports Chris Shepherd at the Nelson Post.
John Dooley, the city’s mayor and chair of the police board, says the issue is grow ops approved by Health Canada aren’t regulated and could attract criminals intent on an easy score.
News reports are coming out that should Californians vote to legalize marijuana, the economy in British Columbia, and the Kootenays in particular, could suffer. George Penfold, an economist who studies B.C.’s marijuana trade, says if pot can be legally grown in California there’ll be little need for the drug grown in the province. Proceeds from [...]
The RCMP in the Kootenay Boundary region are trumpeting their work this summer, saying they’ve stopped the equivalent of 40 million joints from reaching the streets. In a press release, Kootenay RCMP report they seized 20,000 marijuana plants from 96 outdoor sites this summer. According to police calculations, the seized plants would have produced 22,570 [...]
The RCMP in the Slocan Valley arrested the husband and sons of Madeleine Perriere, mayor of Slocan. Perriere called an emergency meeting following the arrest and, according to reports, offered to step down. Council supported Perriere and one councillor said she did so because the arrest was a private matter and didn’t reflect on Perriere’s [...]
The province has said a Christina Lake man can continue to feed dozens of black bears until they go into hibernation this winter. The man, Allen Piche, has also posted a video online that shows unique footage of the bears on his property. The bears were discovered after police busted a marijuana grow-op near Christina [...]
Things are going well for the three men convicted of selling pot out of a downtown Nelson business: They’ve just had their house arrest conditions lightened. Last year, Alan Middlemiss, Paul Defelice and Kelsey Stratas were convicted of selling marijuana and were given year-long jail sentences. In June 2010 that was changed to house arrest [...]