ROTHENBURGER: It’s getting harder to justify illegal pot shops

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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 opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER: It’s getting harder to justify illegal pot shops

  1. Molly-beth Wilson // August 3, 2019 at 10:12 AM // Reply

    The government stores are a joke. Between the cost being ridiculously out of reality, the plastic containers can’t be recycled, and then the police raid the medical dispensary that 3 years ago was raided and to what avail? What a waste of police resources and our governments lack of thought procedures to end run what they view as competitors instead of the tax revenue is still incoming.
    The process has been chucked from get to go.

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