THIS WEEK’S MARIJUANA RAIDS were a case of déjà vu all over again.
The law swept down on two illegal cannabis dispensaries, including Canadian Safe Cannabis Services on Tranquille Road. It was the second time for the Tranquille Road establishment — the first was in 2011 when RCMP paid a visit, confiscating product and shutting the place down.
Owner Carl Anderson was hauled off to jail, where he spent the night as a guest of the RCMP. Charges of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking were stayed three years later and the store carried on business as if nothing had happened.
Police were, of course, enforcing the law. They had no other reason to do it except that it was the law. It was silly and pointless.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.