The crackdown is underway.
Regina Police have announced on Wednesday night, search warrants were executed on six marijuana shops.
- 1353 Cornwall Street
- 2139 Albert Street
- 1857 Park Street
- 1920 C Francis Street
- 829 Dewdney Avenue
- 6300 Dewdney Avenue
Chief Evan Bray said during the raids, substantial amounts of drugs, money and documents indicated business operation (ledgers, cash tills) were seized, as well as several suspects taken into custody as part of their investigation.
Bray said back in January, they started a process to educate both businesses about illegally operating and offering advisement.
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While many of them heeded the advice and shut down, these ones didn’t and the raids were the next step.
“Really, our efforts were to keep the community safe,” said Bray. “We did everything we could to educate, not only the community, but those were potentially in jeopardy of facing a criminal charge, or any criminal charges that come as a result of this after that warning, to me, is just a part of the investigation.”
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Bray notes if the business don’t want to comply with advise or the law, it’s up to them.
But, when marijuana is legalized federally this summer, he does believe it should hurt the odds of them getting one of six Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority marijuana businesses licenses approved for Regina.
“When SLGA goes through the process of determining who gets those licenses, there’s a bit of a rigorous test that they put through it and they apply to it and one of those is good character.”
“I would suggest, if you have good character, you have not been raided or charged criminally.”