Letter: Shortage of licensed B.C. marijuana shops will put users at risk

Editor: When recreational marijuana is legal on Oct. 17 in B.C, we will have one licensed store in Kamloops.

Despite ample time to process legal shops, we have one. Now the government is cracking down on businesses with ample experience with marijuana and will close them down, issue fines and create a vacuum so that illegal drugs, often laced with fentanyl, become the only source to purchase marijuana in the Lower Mainland.

READ MORE: B.C. not worried about only having 1 pot shop on Oct. 17

Just the cost of fentanyl overdoses ought to raise alarm bells with a government so out of touch.

Whether or not you agree with the legalization, all of us should be alarmed by blatant abuse by the government toward business owners who should have been granted a licence in this climate of legalization, but were not.

Instead we punish these businesses that employ people and pay taxes, thus sending legal consumers to obtain suspicious drugs.

To what end are we willing to waste police resources shutting down these stores and thereby increasing the drug trade that clearly has no regard for pure product contributing to horrific overdoses? Wasted tax dollars.

Trish Farnese,

Langley

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