Nanaimo RCMP poised to crack down on city’s marijuana dispensaries this next week
Nanaimo’s mayor is scheduling a meeting with council and Nanaimo’s RCMP to discuss the potential crack down on marijuana dispensaries in the city.
Yesterday CHEK News reported the 10 dispensaries have been given notice by Nanaimo RCMP they need to quit selling pot or face legal consequences.
Nanaimo’s mayor says he and council did not initiate the police action but says they are also not in a position to stop the RCMP from enforcing the law.
“Here we’re a funding agency for the RCMP and I don’t believe it’s our job to interfere with their activities,” says Mayor Bill McKay. “We could certainly voice our opinions but will it have an influence on them? I don’t believe that it should.”
One manager says the coalition of Nanaimo dispensaries are meeting again this weekend to plan their way forward. Richard Scott says they want to continue operating, as demand has been great, and the licensed medical marijuana providers, such as Tilray, only ship prescriptions to patients.
“You’re getting some knowledgeable people about the cannabis that you’re purchasing that can guide you towards which strain suits your needs, whether it be medical or recreational.”
The owner of New York Style Pizza & Pasta says he has no issues with a neighbouring dispensary since it opened months ago. “Marijuana is a bit of a suggestive drug,” says Pete Malteson. “I get a lot of people coming in here hungry all of a sudden.”