New laws or not, pot shop enforcement not a priority: Vancouver cops to feds
Varieties of marijuana are listed on a board that are available at The Dispensary in Vancouver, B.C. Thursday, March 6, 2014. The Vancouver police have sent a message to the federal government about its new medicinal marijuana laws saying that they are more concerned with violent drug traffickers and will take a mostly hands off approach to the many medical pot shops in the city.
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March 06, 2014 - 7:26 PM
VANCOUVER - Vancouver police have sent a message to the federal government about its new medicinal marijuana laws — they don't consider enforcement a priority now, and they won't when the new rules come into effect next month.
The department has taken a mostly hands-off approach to the many medical pot shops in the West Coast city.
Instead, police say violent drug traffickers and gang members who pose a danger to the community are their priority — criteria the medical marijuana dispensaries don't fit.
Police Chief Jim Chu says Vancouver is not a wide open city for the marijuana trade but police suggested they do not take action unless there is a threat to public safety.
Police say the dispensaries are illegal under the current laws and they'll be illegal under the revised laws as of April 1.
Under the old rules, a person with a marijuana prescription could grow their own pot, designate another grower or buy it from Health Canada, but as of April 1, they will have to buy from an approved grower.
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