Licensed cannabis growers accused of violating Health Canada permit

Police in York Region believe a bust in King Township is a sign that organized crime is in the marijuana business to stay.

Officers raided a farm last week that was licensed to grow weed by Health Canada.

The allegation is that cops found 4,000 plants -- well over the combined 2,600 plants that the holders have permission for.

Police seized more than 600 pounds of pot with an estimated value of $6.5 million.

2 men from Quebec face charges.

43-year old Samkeo Vanvilay of Laval and 36-year old Chi Chung Phan of Montreal are both accused of marijuana possession for the purpose of trafficking, and producing marijuana.

York Regional Police Const. Andy Pattenden predicts cases like this one will become the new normal when it comes to drug enforcement in this country.

"We think this will be a sign of time times as demand for cannabis grows in Canada, when it becomes fully legal (in October)," says Pattenden.

"We are going to see a lot more of these operations setting up, where they've got permission to grow (marijuana) but they're growing much more than the government is willing to permit."

He cautions that organized crime is already starting to take advantage of this lack of oversight, but cannot confirm connections to organized crime in this case.

However, he adds that its something detectives are looking into.

Pattenden will not rule out the possibility of more charges to come.