A black and white couple in Canada have been accused of plotting to send proceeds from the sale of marijuana they grew illegally to a hate group. The two were arrested last week after undercover police officers purchased $8,500 worth of cannabis plants from them.,
A woman and a man were detained in Michigan for producing marijuana with the intent to distribute it illegally.
Two members of the Brotherhood Forever in Michigan are accused of growing illicit cannabis in the state so that at least part of the revenues might be used to support another Brotherhood Forever branch in Tennessee.
According to the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, the lady and man, both in their early 30s, “are involved with a federally classified hate organization known as Brotherhood Forever, a group closely linked with the Aryan Nation” (HUNT).
According to the news announcement, “preliminary inquiry suggests that mature marijuana product and/or the profits of its sale were bound for Tennessee in support of the Brotherhood Forever.” Last Monday, the two persons were detained as part of a HUNT investigation into illicit marijuana growing. The woman and man, both 34, were charged with producing marijuana with the intent to distribute and other offences, according to the team.
In Michigan, both medicinal and recreational cannabis are allowed.
In Michigan, both medicinal marijuana and adult-use cannabis are allowed, albeit there are certain restrictions. According to the Detroit Metro Times, recreational cannabis users 21 and older may legally purchase and transport up to 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of pot or 15 grams of concentrates, consumption should take place in a person’s own home and away from the public.
According to Grabel & Associates, marijuana possession with the purpose to sell, give away, manufacture, or otherwise distribute to others is a criminal offense.
The accused conspiracy encompassed an unknown number of plants, according to HUNT. According to the Michigan Legislature, a person found guilty of producing cannabis with the intent to distribute might face a maximum term of 15 years in prison, a fine of US$10 million ($13 million), or both if the quantity of pot involved is 45 kilos or more.
Both persons are previous residents of Tennessee, according to HUNT.
According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, recreational cannabis is illegal in the state, and selling or cultivating any quantity is a crime.
The lady is being held in the Alpena County prison on allegations of marijuana manufacture and felony guns, and her bail has been set at US$100,000 ($129,000). A charge of aiding and abetting (marijuana production) has been filed against the individual, and his bail has been set at the same amount. Both are expected to appear in court again on January 4, 2022.
“The investigation is still ongoing,” according to HUNT, “and further charges may be filed.”
According to the Anti-Defamation League, “Brotherhood Forever is a racist prison gang centered in Tennessee that is also known as the Tennessee Aryan Brotherhood,” according to prison authorities.
The Canadian government said that one of its aims in legalizing adult-use cannabis was to keep profits out of the hands of criminals, in addition to keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and preserving public health and safety.
There are still difficulties with the current cannabis system being exploited, notably for medicinal marijuana.
Following a recent seizure in Hamilton, Ont., police warned that organized crime continues to abuse “legitimate medical cannabis restrictions for their own criminal purpose.” “Criminal groups utilize proceeds from illegal cannabis sales to buy firearms and other substances.”