Langford mayor Stew Young says he’s madder than hell and he’s not going to take it anymore.
“I am not going to turn a blind eye to something illegal,” said Young, referring to the fact that the Green Tree Medical Dispensary, which sells marijuana, had reopened on the weekend. It had been shut down by West Shore RCMP on Jan. 17, the day after it opened.
“It is still illegal and the police will do their job, but the federal government better get it’s act together, because I’m fed up with the top politicians in the country saying we’re going to legalize pot and it’s turned into a free-for-all in the meantime,” said Young, adding it’s up to West Shore RCMP to take action. “I will never go to a policeman and say, ‘Do not uphold the law.’
A spokesman for West Shore RCMP said on Saturday that police were aware Green Tree, operating without a business license, had reopened and they were continuing to investigate.
West Shore RCMP said when Green Tree was first closed that it’s illegal for medicinal marijuana dispensaries or compassion clubs to sell marijuana to the public, regardless of whether customers have medical licences to possess marijuana or the vendor has a licence to produce.
“Businesses and/or individuals operating in contravention of the CDSA and Health Canada regulations may be subject to investigation and criminal charges in accordance with Canadian laws,” said West Shore RCMP spokesman Const. Alex Bérubé.
Despite a stop work order from the City of Langford posted on the door of the business at #108-688 Granderson Rd., an illuminated OPEN sign listed operating hours as 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.
A staffer at Langford’s only storefront marijuana dispensary confirmed it had reopened but declined further comment.
West Shore RCMP investigators conducted