Regina police are well aware stores selling marijuana are up and running around the city.
And while cannabis is set to become legal this summer, Chief Evan Bray is clear: selling the product is still illegal.
It’s a message he says will be actively communicated with the public in coming weeks, and it is one those working at or running dispensaries in the city have likely already heard.
Bray wants the illegality of dispensaries to be clearly known.
“Once we’re satisfied that everyone is up to speed on what they can and can’t do, if there is continued illegal activity after that, then there is going to be some enforcement.”
Walk into just about any of the stores operating in the city now and it is clear: They are outside the parameters of the current law.
It is currently illegal to sell marijuana at a storefront, even for medical purposes. The pending legalization may cast a shade of grey on that law, but the law still exists.
But that is not stopping dispensaries in the city from selling marijuana and related products.
Most require you to fill out a form, in which customers write general information about themselves — such as name and address — before providing a piece of ID (to prove they are 19 or older) and a reason for needing marijuana.
No prescription from a doctor is required, and people can write just about anything as their reason for buying marijuana.
“Anxiety”, “headaches”, “cramps” and “sleeping” are examples of reasons given to shops by customers.
There are consumers of marijuana who will readily admit they are buying it for recreational, not medical, use.