Ex-Mountie sues RCMP and Health Canada over raid of medical marijuana facility

By Yolande Cole

A former RCMP officer and his wife are pursuing legal action after they say their medical marijuana facilities were raided by Sooke RCMP.

Cam Cavaco, who has late-stage progressive multiple sclerosis, and his wife Marnie O’Neil, who acts as his caregiver and is living with fibromyalgia, are suing Health Canada and the RCMP after they allege their medical marijuana plants were destroyed twice within six months.

The statement of claim filed by the couple’s attorney Kirk Tousaw alleges that Sooke RCMP raided Cavaco’s Health Canada licensed facilities without a warrant in December 2009, then destroyed the facilities.

“The license was posted at the site and the landlord was ignored when he asked to see a warrant and requested the police contact Mr. Cavaco,” the statement of claim reads.

The couple also alleges that Health Canada failed to properly process licenses, and that they “unduly pressured” their doctor to decrease Cavaco’s permitted amounts of medical marijuana.

The couple are seeking damages after they say the police raids left them “spiritually, emotionally and financially bankrupt.”

“As Cam grew more debilitated I had to turn my focus from our restaurant, to home,” O’Neil said in a statement.

“The cost of trying to replace everything that was destroyed, my own symptoms flaring, working and managing the business, the stress was off the charts. Then the push over the edge came when the RCMP returned and it started all over again, only worse.”



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