Po­lice re­minds lo­cals to be re­spon­si­ble as pot stores open in Moose Jaw

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One of the two li­censed cannabis re­tail stores in Moose Jaw is now open for busi­ness. New Leaf Em­po­rium made its de­but last week as it opened its doors to lines of peo­ple look­ing to pur­chase their cannabis prod­ucts.

New Leaf, lo­cated at 602 Main St N, is lo­cally op­er­ated and is happy to open for busi­ness in Moose Jaw, a his­toric move for the com­mu­nity as cannabis be­comes le­gal in Canada.

The store is open daily, 12pm-8:00pm. You can find New Leaf on Face­book where the store posts daily up­dates. In or­der to en­ter the store, you have to pro­duce your government is­sued ID.

Mean­while, the other store SPIRITLEAF, lo­cated at 6-10, 1251 Main St N, is not yet open but says they will be op­er­at­ing soon.

SPIRITLEAF is a fam­ily owned busi­ness. They say they are look­ing for­ward to op­er­at­ing in Moose Jaw. The fam­ily who is from Saska­toon has now re­lo­cated to Moose Jaw for this ex­cit­ing new busi­ness ven­ture.

The fran­chise own­ers, who spoke ex­clu­sively to the Ex­press, Darcy Fisher and his chil­dren Mandy, Chelsea and Dy­lan said they are happy to be in Moose Jaw. “Con­struc­tion is al­most com­plete, and we are await­ing some ship­ments to make sure we are fully pre­pared, and our staff are fully trained. We’ll have a wide range of cannabis strains. We’ll also have some spe­cial­ized ac­ces­sories. We love be­ing here in Moose Jaw, two of us will be here full­time. This is a great op­por­tu­nity and part of his­tory in the mak­ing for us,” said the Fish­ers.

Any­one with a government is­sued ID over the age of 19 can pur­chase cannabis (or re­lated prod­ucts). SPIRITLEAF will open from 10am-10pm, Mon­day to Satur­day and 12noon-8pm on Sun­days. The store’s of­fi­cial open­ing date will be an­nounced soon.

In the mean­time, the Moose Jaw Po­lice Ser­vice says it has been a smooth tran­si­tion since leg­is­la­tion for the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis came into ef­fect re­cently. They are how­ever re­mind­ing lo­cals to be re­spon­si­ble in the con­sump­tion of the prod­uct.

Chief of the Moose Jaw Po­lice Ser­vice, Rick Bourassa says the team is pre­pared to deal with en­force­ment mat­ters that may arise from this move. He says the team has been prop­erly trained and made aware of fed­eral and pro­vin­cial as­pects of the leg­is­la­tion.

“We in the Po­lice Ser­vice had been work­ing with the dif­fer­ent government agen­cies on be­ing in­formed of the process as the poli­cies were de­vel­oped to en­sure that they were poli­cies we could im­ple­ment and use op­er­a­tionally. So, we had very good ex­pe­ri­ences with that and as we move for­ward, we had to en­sure that all our mem­bers were trained and made aware of the up­com­ing leg­is­la­tion. We had train­ing pro­vided at the fed­eral level and provin­cially to all our mem­bers. This was im­por­tant to us; our peo­ple had to know what was hap­pen­ing and con­duct the en­force­ment side of that which had to do with sale and the dis­tri­bu­tion as­pect.”

He also noted that like driv­ing un­der the use of al­co­hol, mem­bers will also be in place to iden­tify and de­tect driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of sub­stances such as cannabis. “The sec­ond part has to do with im­paired driv­ing in the fed­eral and pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tion that came out. This is not some­thing new for us in terms of polic­ing across the coun­try. We had been deal­ing with drug im­pair­ment for a long time. We’ve had some things in place like train­ing for our mem­bers in re­la­tion to Stan­dard­ize Field So­bri­ety Test­ing which is a test of be­hav­iors when we suspect some­one may be un­der the in­flu­ence of the drug,” he ex­plained. “There’s a next level of that which is Drug Ex­pert Level Train­ing which is very spe­cific train­ing for team mem­bers—a three-week pe­riod for the course that de­tects and iden­ti­fies im­pair­ment by drugs. We’ve had that in place for some time and now with cannabis be­ing a de­crim­i­nal­ized sub­stance, we don’t know what to ex­pect in terms of the num­ber of peo­ple that may be driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence but we have peo­ple in place that can do and pro­vide the proper test­ing so that we can pro­ceed in the right man­ner. We’re pre­pared as much as we can be.” He added that new de­vices will also come into place to en­hance de­tec­tion. “We will soon be work­ing with a road­side screen­ing de­vice for cannabis de­tec­tion, much like the road-side test we can give for al­co­hol im­pair­ment. We have a mem­ber who is trained on its use and once that comes, we’ll test that. We have also been work­ing very closely with our part­ners in The Saskatchewan Gam­ing Author­ity on the pro­duc­tion, dis­tri­bu­tion and re­tail net­work that is in place, so we can ad­dress any is­sues that may come up from le­gal­ized sales whether through store front or re­tail or­der­ing.”

Chief Bourassa is re­mind­ing lo­cals to be re­spon­si­ble in the con­sump­tion of the sub­stance. “We haven’t had an is­sue so far since the leg­is­la­tion took ef­fect. We’ve not had any com­plaints or calls around the use of cannabis that has been se­ri­ous. It has been a rel­a­tively smooth tran­si­tion so far. We en­cour­age every­body to en­sure that if they are us­ing th­ese sub­stances, use it in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner and make sure they aren’t in any way putting any­one at risk, such as be­hav­iour while driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence. We want to also re­mind peo­ple that both al­co­hol and the con­sump­tion of cannabis are pro­hib­ited in pub­lic spa­ces.”

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