The Mayor of Regina isn’t sure the province’s expanded rules on marijuana business is clear enough.
The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority annoucned 60 licenses will be extended to marijuana businesses across the province, including six here in Regina.
Michael Fougere says more information is needed in regards to the legalities surrounding the drug.
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“Well, we will (consult the public) once we have the clarity to go forward,” he says. “We have a working group that’s looking at how we would be doing the licensing and the zoning and how we would, with respect to the police service, what they’d be doing for roadside checks.”
Another piece of the new rules perplexing Fougere is the opt-out clause, as he says he doesn’t fully understand it’s meaning.
“It just seems you can’t opt out for sales of liquor in the province, because we don’t regulate that one either,” he says. “Not clear what they mean by that, maybe there will be some clarity on that in the future.”
In Saskatoon, this issue came up at the Planning Development and Community Service Committee Meeting Monday.
Future guidelines currently being put into place are similar to those of Saskatoon’s existing smoking bylaws.
That will mean the use of marjuana will be prohibited in areas where smoking isn’t allowed.
Joanne Richter Saskatoon’s Licensing and Bylaw Compliance Manager says other steps including where cannabis related shops will be allowed to operate will become clearer once the provincial government decides how regulate pot across the province.