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EPS tells citizens to be on the lookout for for cannabis extraction labs in their neighbourhoods

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Following several recent residential explosions involving cannabis butane extraction labs, the Edmonton Police Service is encouraging the public to keep a watchful eye over their neighbourhoods.

Cannabis labs involve extracting THC from cannabis to illegally produce cannabis oil or ‘shatter’, a concentrated form of THC.

“These explosions can be deadly, not only for the individuals living in the residence being used as a cannabis extraction lab, but also for those neighbours living nearby,” says EPS Sgt. Guy Pilon, of the Clan Lab Response team.

“Criminals are using highly explosive materials including butane and propane. “The vapor from just one regular sized can of butane has the capacity to destroy a 1,450 square foot home. These individuals are putting law-abiding citizens at risk.”

“We want citizens to be mindful and others such as food delivery drivers and the landlords of rental properties to ensure they are acting responsibly and checking on their properties regularly to ensure they aren’t be used by criminals who only care about making money, not about the neighbours’ safety.”

Investigators are reminding citizens to be vigilant, and to contact EPS if they see suspicious behaviour in their neighbourhood. Such behaviours include:

-Empty butane canisters being put out for weekly garbage pickup

-Equipment set up in residences or garages including lengthy stainless steel extraction tubes, pressurized containers connected together with wiring

-New venting which has been cut into the side of the residence

If you suspect you may have a cannabis extraction lab in your community. is asked to contact police at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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RCMP seize enough cannabis to make nearly half a million joints!

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From RCMP K Division

Alberta RCMP Traffic Services score significant drug seizure in Banff

On Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services made a significant drug seizure near Banff.

A traffic stop led the RCMP member to form grounds that the lone occupant of the vehicle was in possession of cannabis for the purpose of distribution. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 326 lb. of cannabis, 10 lb. of psilocybin mushrooms, 4.5 lb. of cannabis resin (shatter), 2 lb. of THC edibles and $11,000 in Canadian currency.

The cannabis seized in the stop would be enough to make over 440,000 average-sized joints.  The mushrooms seized would roughly equate to 9,000 average doses.

“We remind Albertans that cannabis trafficking is illegal. The recent legalization of cannabis means that there are legal avenues to obtain and consume cannabis,” says Cpl. Kyle Maetche, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “I am very proud of the great team work and determination that our members display across the province to keep Albertans safe.”

Alberta RCMP Traffic Services go beyond promoting road safety through enforcement activities. The RCMP will continue to work very closely with our law enforcement and safety partners to keep traveling criminals off Alberta roads and to further reduce crime in Alberta.

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Atlas Growers announces new board member

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Atlas Growers​​​​ announces a new appointment to its Board of Directors.

October 23, 2018 – Edmonton-AB – ​​A​tlas Growers welcomes Elan MacDonald to its Board of Directors. Elan MacDonald is Senior Vice President, of Global Public Affairs, a public relations and strategy advisory firm with 8 offices across Canada. Mrs. MacDonald also led her own public affairs firm, Impact Consulting, for nearly a decade. MacDonald is also a member of the Board of Directors of Edmonton Global, which attracts foreign investment to Edmonton and area.

Sheldon Croome, Atlas President & CEO noted “We are delighted to have attracted Elan to our Board, as she brings a wealth of relevant experience to our emerging new business and the burgeoning cannabis industry.”

MacDonald is also a Director with the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. MacDonald has a long history in Alberta politics serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Political Advisor to two Alberta Premiers and as an advisor to cabinet ministers. MacDonald became one of the initial members of the Atlas Advisory Board earlier this year and is now part of our 6 person, Board of Directors.

We thank Jim Courtney, who is stepping down from the Board of Directors, for his service since joining Atlas in May 2018. Mr. Courtney will continue to be involved as a member of the Atlas Advisory Board.

About Atlas Biotechnologies Inc. and Atlas Growers Ltd.

Atlas is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and recently received its Cultivation and Production licenses for the initial purpose-built 38,000 square foot Atlas facility. This facility will have the capacity to produce approximately 5,000 kg of dried cannabis annually as well as to refine cannabis concentrates. Atlas Growers’ 160-acre site could allow for significant future expansion of cultivation capacity, with a development permit in place for up to 1,000,000 square feet of additional construction. Atlas is well financed and has a currently unutilized $6.25 million bank facility in place with ATB Financial.

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