Article by Shane Ross, CBC News
About 20 people rallied outside Saint John City Hall on Saturday to protest police raids on medical marijuana dispensaries.
“It’s just like closing down some pharmacies, right?” said the rally organizer who identified herself as Mars Aubrey.
“People need it and if there’s not anywhere to get it, then where are they going to go?”
Twelve people were charged after police raided six dispensaries in Saint John last month.
Aubrey said a lot of people, including herself, didn’t realize the dispensaries were operating illegally. Though police have said publicly the dispensaries were operating illegally, Aubrey said it was “deceiving” to let them open and do business for months before shutting them down.
“If you have a bunch of stores around the city and nobody’s doing anything and they’re saying they’re legal dispensaries, I mean as the public, it’s kind of deceiving.”
The federal government has announced plans to legalize marijuana this spring, but the sale of the drug remains illegal under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act unless it’s from a licensed dealer.