Toronto police have been executing search warrants at a number of marijuana dispensaries across the city since noon today, including at least one in the Beach.
In an operation they’ve dubbed “Project Claudia”, police say they have been investigating and targeting shops they believe are trafficking marijuana outside of the marijuana for medicinal purposes regulation, according to a tweet sent out by Toronto Police earlier today.
Toronto Police #ProjectClaudia targeted locations identified trafficking
marihuana outside of Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulation ^sm
— Toronto Police (@TorontoPolice) May 26, 2016
Police said that locations targeted today were provided a “letter of caution” from city officials on May 18, but added that not all locations served with a letter of caution were searched today.
“Toronto Police continues investigation into locations believed acting illegally when it comes to the sale of marihuana,” tweeted police.
It is unclear how many store-fronts have been targeted, but nearly 80 different property owners of dispensary sites received the warning letters from the city’s licensing division.
Police were inside the BC Cannamed store on Queen Street East in the Beach at around 1:30 p.m. today.
One other dispensary in that area appeared to be operating business as usual, while the Queen Street East Weeds store had a note posted on the door saying it was closed until further notice.
Police are holding a press conference tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. to update the public on the charges and locations.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition held a press conference this afternoon to call the crackdown “a waste of taxpayer money.”