Law Should be Enforced at Ottawa Pot Dispensaries, Ottawa Mayor says

Article by Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen

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Mayor Jim Watson suggested Wednesday that police need to smoke out marijuana dispensaries, which are sprouting all across Ottawa.

“I would like to see everyone obey and respect the law,” Watson told reporters Wednesday. “If marijuana is going to be legalized, as the prime minister has indicated, then that’s fine, we’ll live with those rules and regulations and these shops can then open legally, but we don’t know the timeframe of that and while they’re breaking the law, I think the law should be enforced.”

Watson pointed to the crackdowns in Toronto, where police have raided dispensaries and seized cannabis products.

“When you’re charged and you’re fined and your product is taken away, that sends a pretty good signal that you’re probably not going to stay in business very long and, if you continue to go and do it, you’re going to be fined again,” Watson said.

The shops usually say they’re catering to medical marijuana users, but storefront pot shops aren’t allowed in Canada. Meanwhile, the federal Liberals are working on legislation to legalize marijuana.

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