They want their voices heard loud and clear.
So they went right to the place where they’d be heard loudest and clearest.
Dozens gathered now outside the @reginapolice station protesting police action on marijuana.@620ckrm @CKRMnews #weed #marijuana #drugs #Regina #Saskatchewan #Sask #YQR #Canada #news pic.twitter.com/RkN3atZLZC
— David Boles (@DavidJBoles) April 6, 2018
Dozens of protesters marched down the sidewalk in front of the Regina Police Station on Osler Street, protesting recent action by police to shut down six illegally operating storefronts as part of a raid.
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One of the protesters was Craig Warnecke, brother of Best Buds Society owner, Pat Warnecke. Pat is now facing charges in connection with his business re-opening on March 29th, the day after Regina Police shut it down as one of the six shops in the raid.
Craig was none too happy with the police’s stance on the matter.
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“It’s harm reduction for some people, it’s medication for some people, and for other people, it’s recreational,” he said. “One thing that our police chief seems to always forget, and a lot of our politicians, recreational use doesn’t address patient needs, patient access, patients rights.”
One politician in attendance was NDP MP for Regina-Lewvan, Erin Weir.
He said this solution to this problem lies at the federal level, as the handling of the issue there is causing great consternation and confusion for everyone not just in Regina, but across Canada.
“We’re currently in this very awkward situtation, where the federal Liberal government has announced they’re going to legalize marijuana, but has maintained criminal sanctions on marijuana use,” he said. “That puts the police in a really awkward position and it also creates a huge problem for citizens.”