01/11/2013 09:31 EST | Updated 03/13/2013 05:12 EDT

Man Convicted Of Feeding Bears Has Pot Charges Thrown Out


Charges for growing pot against a B.C. man convicted of feeding two dozen black bears have been thrown out of court.

Allan Piche, of Christina Lake, was fined $6,000 last year for feeding dog food to the bears.

He was also accused of growing more than 800 pot plants on his remote property and charged with production of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

But the charges were thrown out because the judge found inconsistencies in RCMP testimony and the search warrant.

Piche says he's relieved it's all over, but tries not to dwell on it.

“It was something I put out of my mind,” he said. “I left it with my lawyer. He was fairly confident things were going to turn out all right.”

B.C.'s Civil Forfeiture branch was also trying to seize the 80 acres Piche owns, calling it an “instrument of unlawful activity.”

But Piche’s lawyer and the Civil Forfeiture office’s director have come to an agreement that allows him to keep his property — as long as he doesn't grow pot or feed bears on it.

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