Pat Warnecke is not happy.
His store was one of six stores raided by Regina Police last Wednesday night as part of a crackdown on illegally operating marijuana shops in the city. Shortly after being shut down, he re-opened again, only to have police come back, raid the store again and arrest three store employees.
Just drove by Best Buds on Cornwall off Dewdney.
After being raided Wednesday night, they opened up again Thursday, only to be shut down again the same day.#YQR #Regina #marijuana #weed #Saskatchewan #sask #news pic.twitter.com/jv2H5crSY2
— David Boles (@DavidJBoles) March 30, 2018
The employees in question now face trafficking charges, and according to Warnecke, they aren’t allowed to contact him.
He said the charges fly right in the face of what Regina Police Chief Evan Bray has publicly stated.
“I find it very curious that the police chief said less than 12 hours later ‘we will not be charging employees’ and then goes against his own words,” he said.
“I find that curious and I question that kind of leadership.”
- Regina Police raid six illegally operating marijuana shops
- Marijuana shop shut down, re-opened and shut down again in 24 hour span
Following the Wednesday night searches, Chief Bray addressed the reporters the following morning, making it evident on who would be facing criminal charges as a result of operating an illegal marijuana dispensary in the city of Regina.
“I’ve been very clear from the start,” he said. “That has never been our focus, that will not be our focus. We also don’t plan on charging anyone who’s in there working as an employee.”
“This is about owners and operators, and potentially in some cases landlords, who had knowledge of the business that was happening, the knowledge that it was illegal to do and the knowledge that they could face criminal consequences as a result of it.
For his part, Warnecke isn’t going down quietly, if at all. A heavy police presence surrounded his the area of town his shop was in Friday, but he made it clear he’ll do what he can to keep his doors from being permanently closed.
“Staying open, to me? It means that we’re helping people.”