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Debate over head shops billows Law. Alberta city recently took steps to limit sales of bongs, grinders and other devices Jeremy nolais
City police representatives are expressing disfavour over the operations of head Tim Person, owner of The Hemporium, says pipes, bongs and other items sold in his shop have a variety of uses. shops they claim promote Jeremy Nolais/Metro drug culture, but opponents accuse them of simply blowing smoke. This comes as the central Alberta city of St. Albert has passed the strictest bylaw in the province regarding establishments selling pipes, The city is hoping to make As election day looms, the state Check out our NHL playoff weigh scales, grinders and commuting easier on motorof Alberta’s schools is proving preview. With the Flames out other items. Businesses will ists with the launch of a new to be a pivotal issue for voters of the running, who will you T:10”no longer be able to display iPhone app next month page 3 and watchdogs page 4 be rooting for? page 24
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Going too far? • Calgary city council pre-
viously explored a ban on drug paraphernalia in 2007 after concerns were brought forward by former Ald. Craig Burrows, but nothing came of it.
• Earlier this week, Ald.
John Mar questioned the legality of such a move. “It’s a matter of at what point does Big Brother step in,” he said.
pictures of marijuana plants and must limit themselves to selling just two products off a list of restricted items. John Dooks, president of the Calgary Police Association, believes a similar move would do a world of good locally. “We’re saying the use and
sale of drugs is prohibited but we’ll sell the items to use the drugs,” he said. “It’s a hypocritical contradiction.” But Tim Person, owner of The Hemporium on 17th Avenue Southwest, said people make their decision to use drugs long before entering his shop. “What we offer, in some ways, is a form of harm reduction,” he said. The Criminal Code of Canada only allows police to seize the items in question when a storeowner is openly advocating using the products to ingest drugs. “We recognize the reality is people are going in to purchase instruments — tools — to facilitate their drug use at these shops,” said police staff Sgt. Mike Bossley. “It creates difficulty from the perspective of enforcement.”
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