Roughly seven months after police raided seven Calgary stores and seized hundreds of synthetic marijuana packets, similar products remain on city shelves.
Employees at nearly half of the dozen head shops contacted by Metro yesterday confirmed they still sell some form of the product, including two involved in the original January bust.
Acting drug unit Staff Sgt. Mike Bossley said his officers’ hands are often tied while waiting for the Criminal Code of Canada to catch up with constantly evolving chemical compounds found in synthetic products.
“We certainly don’t close a blind eye to this, this is an issue for us,” he said. “We still can be very active in educating people … making them understand why this is so dangerous.”
Many of the products in question are sold as incense, but then inhaled by purchasers to achieve a high, Bossley said.
Local head shop owner Fred, who asked his last name be withheld, sells some of the products in question but believes police resources could be better spent elsewhere.
“I would hope they are out getting real criminals and things like cocaine and heroine off the street rather than harmless herbs that are doing way less harm to people,” he said.
Bossley hopes Calgarians will think twice before experimenting with synthetic brands.
“The message is it’s not good for you,” he said.
– Article from Metro Calgary.