The mayor of Victoria-area city Langford is calling on Ottawa to speed up its pot program after a local dispensary re-opened, just weeks after being shut down by the RCMP.
“His main focus should be on is at least getting something out there that is at least partially regulated right now just to deal.”
Stew Young says he’s frustrated with the dispensary operators, but even more so with the Trudeau Liberals, who he says are dragging their heels.
“You can’t wait another two or three years on an election promise that people thought that the Liberals and Trudeau were going to change this and legalize marijuana. And then nothing happens. It puts a real onus on municipalities to try and manage this, and we’re just not experts.”
Young says Ottawa should immediately start letting pharmacies sell medical marijuana, and that it’s unfair of Ottawa to leave small cities – like his – to fill a gap that should be filled by Health Canada and the Federal Government.
“They’d better do it in the next month or two, instead of spending all of this time on studies.”
He says currently licensed pot producers should be allowed to open dispensaries to keep cash away from the black market.