SQ report on illegal cannabis cultivation
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The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) draws up a provisional assessment of the period of eradication of outdoor cannabis products. Several days specifically dedicated to the eradication of plants have been held throughout the province in recent weeks, aimed at seizing illegal plants and arresting smugglers in order to bring them to justice.
For the Montérégie region, more than 2808 plants were seized during these operations. At the provincial level, about 60 people have been arrested and face various charges under the Cannabis Act. In addition, investigations are still ongoing concerning certain sites searched.
The SQ is working in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Armed Forces and the Union des producteurs agricoles in the fight against illegal cannabis production.
The mission of the Smuggling Investigations Department through the ACCES-Cannabis program is to reduce the availability of illegal cannabis in the Quebec market, particularly among young people, and to reduce unfair competition from illegal producers and traffickers against the Société Québécoise de Cannabis (SQDC). Although the period of outdoor cultivation is coming to an end, the police will continue to intervene with cannabis producers who operate outside the legal framework.
The Sûreté du Québec reminds the public that any information on cannabis smuggling may be communicated at any time and confidentially to the Central Criminal Information Service at 1-800-659-4264.