BC man faces a year in prison for growing $ 88,000 worth of cannabis before it was legal

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RCMP discovered the cultivation just 13 days before recreational cannabis was legalized

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Angela Stelmakowich The cultivation operation was described as a “medium commercial” operation. / Photo by Gleti / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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A 40-year-old man found in a 1,400-plant cannabis grow just before recreational cannabis was legalized three years ago could spend the next year in jail.

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The one-year imprisonment sentence is a minimum sentence for offsetting against an aggravating circumstance, such as the offense in favor of a criminal organization, with use or threat of force, with use or threat of weapon or with abuse of office or position, according to the Canadian Public Prosecutor’s Office.

According to reports, Nguyen had previously held a Health Canada license but gave it up in 2013. Since he was well aware of the regulations in force, this was seen as an aggravating factor, according to Castanet Kamloops.

The prison sentence for the charges Nguyen pleaded guilty of could increase to two years if other aggravating factors play a role. This includes if the offense occurred in or near a school, its premises or an area normally frequented by anyone under the age of 18, or on a young person.

Despite the legalization of recreational cannabis, it remains illegal for an adult to grow more than four plants for personal use or sell weed without being properly licensed.

“You are not allowed to sell the cannabis you grow at home to others,” said Canadian government information. While home-grown crops are limited to four per household, “some provinces and territories have introduced additional restrictions on personal growing”.

It is not known where the cannabis was sold, but the RCMP issued a recommendation this summer that people should not buy weed from illegal sources. This helps get guns and cash into the hands of criminals, police found.

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