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Exhibition Park developing cannabis policy for Whoop-Up Days

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A policy should be in place in few weeks regarding the use of marijuana on the grounds at Exhibition Park.

Whoop-Up Days takes place starting August 20th this year.

Mike Warkentin with Lethbridge Exhibition Park says it won’t be banned in terms of possession, however they are working with the AGLC as well as Lethbridge Police and Fire and Emergency Services to come up with the best plan.

“We want to ensure the comfort and security of all our guests on site and that’s why we’re taking our time (developing a policy). We will come up with the best plan going forward.”, says Warkentin

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Officials in Calgary decided to ban recreational pot use on the ground during this month’s Stampede.

Warkentin notes when it comes to Whoop-Up Days, it’s the pot consumption piece they’re trying to get a handle on going forward.

This will be the first Whoop-Up Days since recreational marijuana use was legalized last year.

Warkentin says the hope to have a policy in place in early August.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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