Cirque du Soleil co-founder detained in Tahiti for allegedly growing cannabis

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Canadian entrepreneur Guy Laliberte, founder of the Cirque du Soleil circus company, has been taken into custody in French Polynesia over claims of cannabis cultivation, his company said Wednesday.

Lune Rouge company owned by Laliberté states that the cannabis is used medicinally and for private purposes - and in no way in order to obtain commercial advantages.

They denied any rumours about his sale or trafficking of controlled substances in the Pacific nation.

Billionaire Guy Laliberte turned himself in to police in French Polynesia.

The organization said Laliberte is a medical cannabis user.

According to local television station Polynesie Premiere, police had questioned one of Laliberte's associates some weeks ago on suspicion of possessing drugs and found images of marijuana plantations on their mobile phone.

In 2015, Cirque du Soleil was sold to U.S. and Chinese investors, but Mr Laliberte retains a minority stake in the company.

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