Article by BC TV Kootenays News
Yesterday Grand Forks RCMP attended two marihuana dispensary business in Grand Forks, to inform employees and owners that the businesses are illegal and to advise them to stop selling marihuana.
Grand Forks BC Canada – (RCMP) Marihuana continues to be regulated as a controlled substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which the RCMP continues to enforce.
The RCMP is responsible for enforcing Canadian laws, as they stand today,says detachment commander Sergeant Jim Fenske.We are also working in cooperation with our mayor and council, who have informed the RCMP that they will not be issuing business licenses to any business that intends to sell marihuana.
Sergeant Fenske further clarified that there is no legal mechanism available in Canada today which allows for a self-describedmedical marihuana dispensaryorcompassion clubto function. It is illegal for these dispensaries to sell marihuana to the public, regardless of whether or not customers have licenses or doctor’s prescriptions to possess marihuana or whether or not the vendor has a license to produce marihuana.
While the RCMP supports efforts to ensure that those permitted by the law have their required access to marihuana for medical purposes, the current legislation does not provide blanket legality to produce, use, or traffic marihuana.