Article by John McPhee, The Chronicle Herald
The legalization of pot may be looming but that doesn’t mean police are backing off their crackdown on the “grey” marijuana market.
Most recently, RCMP in Colchester County raided the Community Compassion Centre in Bible Hill. They seized cash, marijuana, marijuana derivatives and drug paraphernalia, and charged Ricky Joseph Leclerc, 51, of Upper Kennetcook.
He’s scheduled to appear in Nova Scotia provincial court Friday.
“The RCMP will continue to work within the existing legislation under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act,” RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said Monday in an email. “If we determine that there is a violation of the legislation, we will take appropriate action.”
Criminologist Michael Boudreau said the continued crackdown on storefront pot shops makes no sense.
“I mean, one of the reasons why some of the police forces are tacitly on board with the legalization of cannabis, small amounts to 30 grams, is because it’s been over the years a tremendous waste of their resources,” Boudreau said in an interview Monday from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, where he’s a member of its criminology department.
“Continuing to target the pot shops, the privately run shops, and it’s happening in Nova Scotia, in New Brunswick and other provinces, it’s just foolhardy.