Vancouver’s police chief says the VPD has better things to do than clamp down on the city’s marijuana dispensaries.
He made those comments Friday following the furor over Health Canada sending “cease and desist letters” to several pot shops.
Chief Constable Adam Palmer says the VPD has acted on 11 search warrants between 2014 and August 2015, and would only act on those dispensaries suspected of selling to youth, or connected with a criminal enterprise.
“We will continue to do search warrants on those, but I’m not retooling all 13,00 officers to be going after marijuana dispensaries, there’s much more important work to do,” Palmer says.
Palmer says as far as the VPD’s response to marijuana dispensaries goes they “just aren’t a priority.”
Palmer also says the RCMP won’t be shutting down dispensaries in Vancouver either.
“You’re not going to see the RCMP walking into Vancouver and dealing with something,” he says.
Correction: It was earlier reported that Chief Constable Adam Palmer said the VPD has acted on eleven search warrants. The VPD has since clarified that statement, saying that 11 search warrants have been executed between 2014 and August 2015.
The statement was in response to revelations Health Canada has sent “cease and desist” letters to 13 marijuana dispensaries this week. Chief Constable Palmer says it’s business as usual for the VPD.
“Well, the VPD doesn’t change the way we’ve taken the approach to marijuana dispensaries. We deal with them on a prioritization basis. So if there’s elements of organized crime, trafficking to youth, that sort of thing, we will take action.”
Palmer says the VPD will continue to work closely with the RCMP.
“I will tell you that we have an incredibly positive relationship with the RCMP; it’s very strong in British Columbia, and I don’t have any concerns about it, quite frankly.”