Promise of Legal Pot Some Day Soon Doesn’t Help Budtenders Arrested for Trafficking

Article by Jacquie Miller, Ottawa Sun

Ming Saad, a budtender at Cannabis Culture, says police should stop raiding the illegal pot shops because marijuana will soon be legal.

Canadians may be able to celebrate Canada Day in 2018 by legally smoking a joint, but that’s small consolation to the 21-year-old clerk who was working the security desk at the Cannabis Culture shop on Bank Street on Monday.

He shrugged off the news that the federal government plans to have all the regulations in place for legal pot by July 1, 2018. That’s the timeline reported by CBC, citing unnamed sources. The government had promised to introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana this spring.

“I’m hoping, but I have my doubts,” said the budtender, one of five people arrested on May 9 when police raided the shop.

“All they do is lie,” he said, expressing a common suspicion among those in the “cannabis community” of government promises.

The man didn’t want his identity revealed because after he was charged with drug trafficking, he was released from custody with conditions that included not going into a marijuana dispensary.

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