Article by Global News
A small, but vocal, crowd of protesters petitioned outside the Regina Police Service (RPS) headquarters in response to the force’s raids of dispensaries across the city last week.
Wednesday night, Best Buds Society owner Pat Warnecke was arrested and charged with seven counts related to trafficking medicinal marijuana.
“It’s very frustrating for the patients. They’re really the ones missing out,” Shawn Brailz, a Best Buds supporter said.
Best Buds and police have been at odds since the RPS first searched their shop on March 28. They reopened the next day, even calling out the police on Facebook.
Regina police responded later than night with a second search of the premise. Three Best Buds employees, as well as the owner have since been arrested on trafficking charges.
Those arrests are directly opposed to what police chief Evan Bray told reporters during a scrum during the morning of March 29, when Bray told reporters they had no plans to charge employees or customers.