Saskatchewan Compassion Club operator Mark Hauk made a brief court appearance today, where a judge allowed one of those accused with drug trafficking to continue to purchase cannabis from dispensaries.
Hauk said during the hearing today, the judge said none of the four accused could have involvement with “unlicensed marijuana businesses.”
“I said to the lawyer, ‘that’s fine, but Lane’s very sick and needs oil,’” Hauk recounted from court.
According to Hauk, the judge said he thought government licensed producers could provide the extracts Britnell needed and ship them within 24 hours.
After being corrected, Hauk said Britnell’s lawyer requested a change of conditions for his client. The judge agreed, and now, after being arrested and charged for selling cannabis at an unlicensed dispensary, Britnell has been granted permission by the court to purchase cannabis extracts from an unlicensed dispensary in B.C..
Hauk described the situation as “infuriating” but thanked club members and the community for their ongoing support.
One of those supporting the club is city councillor Pat Lorje, who wrote on the group’s facebook wall that the raid on the dispensary wasn’t a directive from council.
“The Saskatoon Police Service operates independently from Saskatoon City Council,” Lorje wrote. “They chose to raid the compassion club. City council was not consulted or informed about it. I found out about these actions by reading about them in the newspaper.”