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Man charged following search of Bible Hill marijuana storefront

Rick Leclerc has focused on supplying cheap and accessible medicinal marijuana for those dealing with chronic pain or illness for the last year, and has modeled Community Compassion Centre as a not-for-profit centre for members to hang out, get support and feel safe. Cody McEachern/Truro Daily News
Rick Leclerc has focused on supplying cheap and accessible medicinal marijuana for those dealing with chronic pain or illness for the last year, and has modeled Community Compassion Centre as a not-for-profit centre for members to hang out, get support and feel safe. Cody McEachern/Truro Daily News

BIBLE HILL, N.S.

The owner of a Bible Hill marijuana dispensary has been charged for the second time in six months with possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Ricky Joseph Leclerc, 51, of Upper Kennetcook, was arrested after police executed a search warrant at the Community Compassion Centre, a marijuana storefront on Pictou Road.

Leclerc is to appear in court in Truro on March 21 to enter a plea to the charge.

The RCMP said in a news release that members of the Colchester County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit had seized a quantity of cash, marijuana, marijuana derivatives and drug paraphernalia during their search last Friday.

LeClerc is also facing charges of trafficking in marijuana and cannabis resin as well as with possessing marijuana and cannabis resin for the purpose of trafficking stemming from an earlier raid on the location last September. Those charges are also still before the court.

Five other individuals from two other marijauana dispensaries were also charged with the same offences during the September raids.

The RCMP said the Community Compassion Centre is now closed and also issued a reminder to the public that there are no legal marijuana storefronts in Nova Scotia.

The investigation is ongoing.

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