Article by Kelly Hayes, Global News
West Kelowna is home to at least six medical marijuana dispensaries — each one of them under the microscope since West Kelowna RCMP and the city began sabre rattling. The RCMP was the loudest voice stating the dispensaries won’t be tolerated and that they are illegal.
Talk of getting tough on dispensaries began a couple of few weeks ago, so Global News visited several of them Wednesday to find out if the RCMP had paid them a visit.
“I can tell you right now we haven’t been visited by the city at all,” said one dispensary owner. “There’s been a very small amount of communication between the RCMP. I think us and the RCMP share some big concerns and those concerns are the massive amount of clients that are using, medical clients that are using medical cannabis now, and looking for safe sources of that medicine.”
The owner went on to say that if the RCMP shut the dispensaries down, the people seeking medical marijuana would go underground to get their medicine.
All the other pot shops Global News visited said the same — that neither the RCMP nor anyone from the city hall have paid them a visit.
West Kelowna RCMP declined an on camera interview but provided a statement which said, in part: “It may appear there are varying degrees of enforcement action depending on the community. What, if any, action may be appropriate or when that action would occur will remain with the RCMP.”