Hempnstuff owner fined $2,500

The owner of Hempnstuff Exotic Boutique in Red Dewer was fined $2,500 after pleading guilty to possession of over 200 grams of hashish, one count of unsafe storage of a firearm and prohibitive storage of gun powder.

The owner of Hempnstuff Exotic Boutique in Red Dewer was fined $2,500 after pleading guilty to possession of over 200 grams of hashish, one count of unsafe storage of a firearm and prohibitive storage of gun powder.

David Glenn Elliott, 46, was originally charged with one count of uttering a threat, two counts of possession of marijuana and 13 counts of unsafe firearm storage.

Most of the charges were withdrawn by Crown prosecutor Jason Snider in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday after the Crown and defence lawyer Richard Fritze presented the court with a joint sentencing submission.

Snider said there was no indication of drug trafficking.

Fritze said his client is in the process of applying to use marijuana to ease his arthritis and ailments.

“Mr. Elliott self-medicated with cannabis for his medical conditions,” Fritze told the court.

Charges were laid last summer after police investigated an alleged threat that involved the use of firearms.

While executing a search warrant, police seized over 100 firearms, including pistols, rifles, shotguns and antique firearms.

He pleaded guilty to unsafe storage of a British bulldog revolver that was stored in a gun safe, but was loaded.

Elliott had 100 kilograms of gunpowder and did not meet new storage regulations.

“If you’re in business, you better know what the rules are,” Judge David Plosz told Elliott.

Elliott has sold firearms for about 3.5 years. The majority of firearms will be returned to him because they are antiques.

But since his sentence includes a three-year firearms prohibition, about 16 restricted firearms will be held by police for 90 days until Elliott finds someone who can hold them on his behalf.