City should be supporting dispensaries

Nanaimo council could have easily chosen to inform the local detachment that dispensaries are a very low-priority item.

To the Editor,

A municipal council can and does tell the local RCMP what community priorities are, which the police then apply to their community policing strategy – one that reflects the practices of the community they serve.

So, Nanaimo council could have easily chosen to inform the local detachment that dispensaries are a very low-priority item, and they could have also politely requested that police leave the people’s medicine providers alone. Our council chose not to do this. Since they have not, I am of the opinion that our council have given its implied consent to having the outlets raided and the medicine people need seized. Sad, yes, but also a cop out and a letdown of thousands of people.

Terry Lee WagarNanaimo


To the Editor,

Re: Pot dispensaries advised by RCMP to close up shop, Nov. 17.

I am writing after reading your article and wish to state our support for the RCMP doing their job – which is to uphold the Criminal Code of Canada.

The dispensaries or pot stores are a public health threat. There is a legal method for people to get marijuana for a medical purpose which is the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations and it is correct for the RCMP to act in closing the pot stores operating in Nanaimo. They pose a public health threat and the operators were willing to flaunt the law – act above the law in both purchasing marijuana for resale and reselling it on the main streets of Nanaimo.

We have ways to change laws in this country and if you do not like the law you do not just break it and suggest others do the same.

Pamela McCollSmart Approaches to Marijuana Canada


To the Editor,

Re: Pot dispensaries advised by RCMP to close up shop, Nov. 17.

Considering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate, last week, to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, to begin the process of legalizing and regulating cannabis in Canada, isn’t it time for any and all police agencies along with the RCMP to put a moratorium on terrorizing and extorting cannabis dispensaries?

Stephen Harper is history and cannabis prohibition will soon be history; all that’s left is formalities and calling the dogs off citizens.

Stan WhiteDillon, Colo.

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