June 16, 2021

Plants labeled “cannabis” were sold in Leclerc, Auchan and garden centers in Puy-de-Dôme.

400 cannabis plants that were sold in supermarkets in Puy-de-Dôme and Cantal were seized by the gendarmes of Riom.

Hundreds of potted plants labeled “cannabis” were seized from supermarkets and garden centers in Puy-de-Dôme, the gendarmerie announced. In total, nearly 400 plants were put on sale in seven stores in the department, specifies the gendarmerie of Riom (Puy-de-Dôme) in a press release.

On May 28, the Volvic (Puy-de-Dôme) brigade was notified of the sale of potted plants labeled “cannabis” in a large area in the area. According to La Montagne du Leclerc d’Enval in Puy-de-Dôme. The jars were immediately removed from the shelves and partly destroyed by the military.

The investigation made it possible to identify a supplier in Puy-de-Dôme who would have sold 400 plants of Italian origin to the various brands. The Leclerc store in La Pardieu, in Clermont-Ferrand, the Auchan d’Aubière in the same department as well as at two florists in Cantal and Puy-de-Dôme.

Ignorance of the law

“It is a wholesaler in contact with an importer, who supplied its usual customers”, explained to AFP a gendarme of the company of Riom.

The case could be explained by “a lack of knowledge related to the legislative context. Some people think that cannabis is legalized, while it remains a dangerous drug,” said the soldier.

A few customers who had already bought plants could be found, he said.

Some of the plants are being analyzed to determine “the exact nature of the variety seized and in particular to quantify the presence of THC”, an active molecule in cannabis.

Wholesalers and resellers were heard by the gendarmes of the Riom company, supported by the research section and new technology investigators from Clermont-Ferrand. The investigation entrusted to the gendarmes of Volvic continues.

“It is recalled that the trade in any product derived from hemp must comply with the regulations in force, and that the sale of any plant designated as” cannabis “is strictly prohibited in France”, recalls the gendarmerie.