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Rip-Offs At Legal B.C. Grow-Ops A Growing Concern


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Recent home-invasion robberies at legal marijuana grow-ops in Langley, B.C., needn't have happened, according to one grower who has fortified his Fraser Valley property.

Sam Mellace is licensed by Health Canada to produce medical marijuana on his family farm, where his nearly 300 plants make him a potential target of robbers.

"It used to be the RCMP were going to kick your door in," said Mellace.

Mellace has taken extraordinary security measures, including prison-styles gates, 45-cm tube spikes formed into a crash barrier, surveillance cameras, guard dogs and motion sensors.

"There's not much more I can do," outside of hiring an armed guard or having an RCMP cruiser parked in his driveway, he said.

Mellace has reason to be cautious.

Health Canada blamed

In the early hours of Sunday morning, two armed men burst in on a licensed operator in Langley's Brookswood area and stole his medicinal plants.

It was the third similar case in Langley in the past six months and police believe it's part of an organized criminal campaign.

"We're very concerned," said Supt. Derek Cooke of Langley RCMP. "This is a significant problem for the community.."

But Mellace believes some growers have brought trouble on themselves by promising tough security to get their licenses from Health Canada, but then cutting corners — and the government doesn't do follow-up checks.

"I put a lot of the blame on Health Canada," said Mellace, who he alleged are "not doing their job."

There are now more than 800 legal medicinal marijuana grow-ops in B.C., Cooke said.

NewsHawk: MedicalNeed: 420 MAGAZINE
Source: cbc.ca
Author: CBC News
Contact: CBC.ca
Copyright: CBC 2011
Website: Rip-offs at legal B.C. grow-ops a growing concern
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People who break-in to other people's homes to steal are scum. People who steal other's medicine, are the scum of the earth.

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And as long as marijuana is only available for medical use or thru the blackmarket medicinal growers will be a target ,only because as long as there is an underground market to sell marijuana in there will be greedy bastards who will steal it. If marijuana was available thru a regulated system like liquor stores the only people a thief could sell it to are minors who dont have much money or to sell it dirt cheap either way the problem of profiting from the theft would far outway the profits there would just be no way that stealing pot under a legal regulated system could be profitable enough.
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