Article by Christina Cherneskey, CKRM Regina
While many questions still linger over the issue of legalizing marijuana in Canada and in Saskatchewan, at least one Regina business owner wonders how the entire scenario will eventually pan out.
The province announced a week ago cannabis will be sold through licensed private retailers in centres in Saskatchewan.
Regulation will be handled by the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority.
Dean Foster is the owner of Natural Healing Clinic in Regina.
He says there are so many unanswered questions regarding the July 1st date the federal government has set.
“I do not believe that they are prepared – the government of Saskatchewan, nor the government of Canada,” Foster told 620 CKRM News. “I just don’t think they want to hear from the right people. They’re not really addressing people who are in the business right now.”
Foster says while his business is not a mediicinal marijuana dispensary, he has communicated with dispensaries who have said they have not received any notice to close down their operations.
Foster says he’s concerned over the amount of money it will cost toshutter medical marijuana dispensaries which exist in Regina now.
“The local authorities all know they are here,” Foster said. “They could save the government billions of dollars by sending out a cease-and-desist order. Like, you have 30 days to close down, or we’re going to close you down.”
Foster says it’s frustrating no plan has been established to eliminate the dozens dispensaries in Saskatchewan. He says the government likely will simply “eliminate” them, despite many of the dispensaries paying taxes to all levels of government.