After the most recent election in Canada, a lot of people feel that marijuana legalization is inevitable in Canada. And rightfully so, because the person leading the charge is the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. This is something that Canadian police seem to be aware of too, but instead of embracing the impending changes to Canadian marijuana policy, they did the opposite and raided three medical marijuana dispensaries in B.C. this week. Per Vice News:
In seeming defiance of the new government’s intention to legalize marijuana, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have followed through on their threat to bust three medical marijuana dispensaries in British Columbia. And at least one is vowing to re-open.
“It is unfortunate that the RCMP decided the best way to deal with the coming change in cannabis laws was to detain front line clerks and attempt to prevent access of medical cannabis patients,” reads a statement from Trees Dispensary, released Tuesday evening.
The Nanaimo medical marijuana store said that the raid on their storefront “[flies]in the face of public opinion, and the stance of our newly-elected federal government.”
Marijuana reform is sweeping across North America, and law enforcement is seeing the writing on the wall for their budgets, whether they want to admit it or not. That’s why the DEA keeps pushing prohibition enforcement as much as they can, and it’s why the RCMP raided these dispensaries. I wish that they would do what a majority of citizens want them to do, which is focus on real crime. How many real crimes weren’t investigated because of the resources dedicated to these raids? Raids on these medical marijuana dispensaries were a complete waste of valuable, limited law enforcement resources.