More people are sharing their thoughts on the upcoming legalization of marijuana and the surrounding legislation. it was reported recently that in Saskatchewan, cannabis will be sold through private retailers, and communities and First Nations with population over 2,500 will be eligible for permits to have these retailers. 

"I guess the legalization of marijuana is going forward whether the province or even the city want it to happen," shared MLA for Estevan, Lori Carr. "So it's just something that we have to deal with by building in legislation and get these stores up and running so people have the opportunity to buy the product."

"The City of Estevan will have the opportunity to have two stores. Now of course, the City can use their municipal bylaws and decide to say, no we don't want two stores in Estevan."

She added that there are pros and cons for having these retailers in Estevan. 

"Unfortunately, along with this kind of product, if it's not convenient, they'll just buy it on the black market. And the one good thing about the retail outlets is that we know what is in those products and we know it's safe."

"So I would rather have it convenient for them and be safe as opposed to not convenient and use other methods of getting it. You hear all these stories about something laced with fentanyl and all the stuff that happen with that. I wouldn't want to see that."

"Since it's happening, let's make it safe, let's get the best retailers out there and move forward."

She did mention that it might not be the financial boon that some hope it will be. 

"We're not really sure how much it going to make for the province yet, but I honestly don't think it will be a revenue generator per se, probably for quite some time. Simply because, there will be some social aspects,. there's going to be more policing that going to come with that. There's going to be more cost to the province and the municipalities."

"So in the short-term, no because all the setup costs and the outcomes that come with it. And I guess we'll see down the road if it actually does become a moneymaker for the province."

 

More Local News

Feeling Blue? SAD Impacts People in Different Ways

The third Monday in January, better known as Blue Monday, is said to be one of the saddest and most depressing days of the year. There are many factors that make January depressing, including paying…

Police Variety Show Returns

The Estevan Police Association is holding their Police Variety Show on January 31 at the Estevan Comprehensive School at 6:30 pm. The show will feature performances by Marty Putz, Richy Roy, and…

Equipment At Arena Suspected Source of Carbon Monoxide

More information is coming out about the carbon monoxide poisoning incident in Montmartre Saturday. SaskEnergy suspects the source of the carbon monoxide, which sent upwards of fifteen players aged…

Snow Covered Licence Plate Could Result in Fine

With the recent dusting of snow we've received in the Friendly City, it's usual for drivers to clean off their windshield and lights before hitting the road. However, make sure not to forget to wipe…

Princesses And Superheroes Came Together To Fight for A Cure

There were many superheroes and princesses at the Super Magical Princess and Superhero Ball Saturday afternoon and everyone had a great time. "It's very good, everyone showed up and their having a…

EPS Kept Impaired Driver Off The Road

Early into Saturday evening, the Estevan Police Service were called to a two-vehicle collision on King Street and Souris Avenue. A westbound vehicle attempted to make a left turn from King Street and…

Accident On Friday Night

An accident on Friday evening kept Emergency crews busy. "At approximately 11 pm on January 18th, Estevan Police and Estevan Fire were called to the scene of a single vehicle collision," explains…

New Look for Canadian Dollar in 2019: Will Honour Gay Rights

Joe Wickenhauser is the Executive Director of Moose Jaw PRIDE and the Saskatchewan PRIDE Network. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. To commemorate…

SaskPower Pleased With Performance Of CCS at Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station had a great year in 2018, according to their vice president of power production, Howard Matthews. The facility…

Millions for Crop Research in Saskatchewan

On Wednesday, the federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for forty-four crop-related research…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login