It’s a start.
That’s how Chief Evan Bray feels about the recently released framework from the Saskatchewan government on marijuana. He said there are quite a few things to like about it, especially the fact the sale of marijuana will mirror the regulations of alcohol sales, particularly as it relates to age.
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“I think it’s a very smart way to do it,” he said. “There’s lots of positive things about that and there’s lots of parallels, I think, are going to make it easier for officers, but I think most importantly, make it easy for the public to understand how this is going to roll out.”
However, Bray says some more clarity is needed, especially from the federal government on several areas.
The least of which involves how law enforcement will be handling marijuana product sales.
“Right now, we have liquor stores in our province. And right now, the product that’s in those liquor stores is not something police are going in the back room and making sure that product is quality controlled,” he said. “There’s a whole regime in place.”
“So, I’m assuming police aren’t going to play a role in the marijuana industry as well, but we don’t know that for sure.”