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Individuals charged in Bible Hill marijuana dispensary busts back in court in January

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TRURO, N.S.

Six people charged following police raids on marijuana dispensaries in Bible Hill in September are to appear in provincial court in January to enter pleas.

The six individuals were charged after RCMP officers made simultaneous busts at three medical marijuana dispensaries on Sept. 1.

Each person is charged with trafficking in marijuana and cannabis resin as well as with possessing marijuana and cannabis resin for the purpose of trafficking.

Ashley Calvin Brown, 43, and Nicole Markee Patruno, 30, of Lyman Street and Matthew Forshner, 32, of Shore Road, Clifton, are to return to court Jan. 17.

Also returning on that date are Francine Louise MacCaulay, 25 and Tristan James MacCaulay, 27, of Princess Margaret Boulevard, Dartmouth.

Ricky Joseph John LeClerc, 48, of Highway 236, Kennetcook, is to return to court Jan. 24 to enter pleas on his charges.

While marijuana is due to be legalized across the country next year, the RCMP have said current laws will be stringently enforced in Nova Scotia until then.

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