Loading articles...

Pot industry calls for police shutdown of illegal online shops

Last Updated Jan 8, 2020 at 7:31 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS)Those falling on the legal side of cannabis distribution are calling for the closure of certain websites selling illegal cannabis products.

Currently, there is only one legal online cannabis store, operated by the AGLC.

However, less-than-reputable websites have been offering cannabis products and it’s been affecting local distributors.

“There are certain sites that we know the AGLC and RCMP are aware of, but you can still get hour delivery,” said Theo Zunich, president and CEO of Sweet Tree Cannabis.

RELATED: Edibles, vapes and other cannabis products on sale in Ontario but hard to find

Despite the risk to their health, some in the public continue to purchase illegal cannabis products online.

This means the local retail locations need to compete not just with other legal distributors, but with illegal cannabis distributing websites.

“We’re hopeful that the  RCMP is using the financial side of these online cannabis dispensaries really to shut them down. So it’s a great first step in the right direction,” said Zunich.

“It’s impacting the entire industry right from the moms and pops to the larger institutions like us.”

RELATED: New cannabis products may not eat into black market, experts say

Heather Holmen with the AGLC reminded the public that buying illegal cannabis products online can be potentially dangerous.

“Consumers need to be aware that the only legal place to purchase cannabis products online is through AlbertaCannabis.org and that purchasing online anywhere else potentially puts their health at risk.”

“In addition to the online store, consumers also have unprecedented access to regulated cannabis products at nearly 390 retail locations throughout the province. ”

-with files from Crystal Laderas, CityNews