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City to study regulations for head shops

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In light of a controversial police crackdown on head shops, city hall will examine how it can control where the unique retailers are located.

The property and development committee this morning instructed administration to consider all regulatory methods, including zoning, to regulate where head shops operate.

The review was prompted after Winnipeg police charged an Elmwood store owner with selling drug paraphernalia.

Other operators of head shops – legitimate retailers whose inventory includes materials used in the enjoyment of marijuana, including rolling papers and pipes of various designs – said they’d been threatened by police to either remove the materials or face closure.

However, the effect of the police crackdown is being questioned after the Crown’s office stayed the charges against the Elmwood operator on the grounds a conviction was unlikely.

The administration will also review how other municipalities deal with head shops.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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