Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
On Wednesday, Mar. 28, Regina Police raided six local cannabis businesses simultaneously which resulted in the seizure of thousands of dollars and hundreds of pounds of product, in addition to temporary arrests. Charges are also expected to be laid by the end of the investigation.
The affected businesses are Best Buds Society, Greentree Regina, CannaGreen Dispensary Society, Green Street Clinic, Green Nation Dispensary and Smoke Inc.
“Business owners and landlords who knew the pot sales were happening were the focus of the raids and arrests, rather than employees,” said Regina Police Chief Evan Bray, according to CBC, but this stands in contrast to what Pat Warnecke, the owner of Best Buds Society, told CMJE News when he said, “police officers seized products and told staff they would all be charged with trafficking a controlled substance”.
At least the Regina Police seem to be aiming for a more common sense approach than Ontario, which has seen numerous front level budtenders being charged, but the continuing enforcement of prohibitionist policies is still a major step backwards.
The Regina Police public education campaign
The raids are the culmination of a public education campaign that began in January when Regina Police Chief Evan Bray held a news conference where he said that selling cannabis at storefronts is illegal, and those caught doing it could face legal consequences.