South Asian Canadians

Police lay charges on South Asian origin man with illegal cannabis sales

A South Asian origin Edmontonian is facing charges under the Cannabis Act related to the sale of illegal cannabis from a non-licensed retail shop.

In late 2018, the Edmonton Police Service obtained information that led to an investigation into a business in the area of 150 Street and 118 Avenue.

On Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019, during a search warrant of the premises, investigators located and seized illegal cannabis products, including seeds, oils, pills and creams, which were being sold from the non-licensed retail shop. The total retail value of the seizure was approximately $12,000.

Nizarali Lakhani, 65, is charged with the following offences under the federal Cannabis Act:
Unauthorized possession of cannabis (organization) 
-Unauthorized sale of cannabis (x2)

Possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling

“Part of our focus with the legalization of cannabis is to ensure that it is being distributed legally,” says Cst. Dexx Williams, EPS Cannabis Liaison. “A regulated market is a safer market, and we are committed to following up on the many tips we receive regarding illegal practices. Individuals who are illegally selling products containing cannabis should be aware that they may face significant penalties.”

The owner of Kush Klatch Herbal Emporium said he’s stressed by the charges. He said police came into the store and he pointed out a rack where he was selling seeds and oils. Officers seized everything off that rack and he was later charged. He didn’t think he was doing anything wrong since cannabis is now legal.