Iqaluit RCMP arrest 30-year-old man on drug-trafficking charges

Tommy Kilabuk allegedly sold cannabis outside an Iqaluit store

An Iqaluit man faces cannabis-trafficking charges, because you can possess and smoke marijuana and other cannabis products, but you can’t try to sell them on your own. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Using cannabis has been legal in Canada since 2018, but you are supposed to buy it from licensed retailers.

That’s the message from the Nunavut RCMP in a release, issued on May 12, after officers in Iqaluit arrested a young man who is alleged to have sold cannabis outside an Iqaluit store.

On May 1, the Iqaluit RCMP started its investigation into allegations of drug trafficking outside a local store.

During the course of the investigation, officers arrested 30-year-old Tommy Kilabuk of Iqaluit, the RCMP release said.

Kilabuk faces charges of possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling, under Section 10(2) of the Cannabis Act, and the sale of cannabis to adult, under Section 10(1)(a) of the Cannabis Act.

Kilabuk was released from police custody and is set to appear on June 10 at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit.

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The RCMP suggested looking at the Nunavut Liquor and Cannabis Commission website for information about purchasing cannabis from licensed retailers.

And if you, or someone you know, are struggling with an addiction and want help, the RCMP said you should contact the Kamatsiaqtut Nunavut Helpline at 1-800-265-3333.

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