It's official...Estevan will now prepare to adopt one retail outlet for marijuana in the city, to open once the substance becomes legal in July.
Now, it's up to the various departments of the City to get ready to handle and enforce it, and Police Chief Paul Ladouceur shared the next step.
"Well, now we have to wait and see what happens with the legislation. Essentially, the question was raised from the province of how many licenses are going to go to each community, and the decisions were that the city could opt out or have the number that was designated. We put in a request, saying, can we go between having zero and two, having one. That request has been honored," he explained.
"There's a lot of balls in the air right now, you might say. We're waiting on where the federal government is at with the legislation, we're also waiting on the province to see the final drafts of legislation from a provincial standpoint, and that's when we'll be able to move forward with further direction."
The Chief added that there seems to be confusion and misconceptions hanging in the air when it comes to who decides who gets to sell, with many people contacting the police and City with proposals.
"People need to be mindful, it's already been put out that the process is going to be a lottery format. It will go through SLGA (Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority) and a third party, is my understanding. Those people that would be drawn and selected would then be permitted to obtain a license. Having said that, there would be caveats in there that they would obviously have to be of good moral character, things like that - there would be safeguards that SLGA would put in place. Providing that someone meets all of those requirements, then they would be entered in that lottery."
"It's very much like alcohol sales in this province. The SLGA is the governing body that decides who can have a liquor permit as well for a licensed establishment, so it will be very similar to that. It really doesn't rest on the City or police service, it rests on the province and SLGA," he added.
The finer details are neither finalized nor clear yet regarding roadside screening devices. In the meantime, the EPS is focusing on training their members for field sobriety tests and sending some to hone their skills as drug recognition experts.