Toronto police raid marijuana dispensaries

Toronto Police, along with city by-law enforcement officers, raided several marijuana dispensaries in The Beach and across the city as part of Project Claudia. PHOTO: Victor Biro

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.

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.

The Weeds dispensary on Queen Street East.
The Weeds dispensary on Queen Street East.

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.”

 


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2 comments

Frankly!… NOBODY IN THE WORLD should be selling!… or using!… Marijuana! Instead, sellers should be selling!… and users should be using!… THC in pill form– O-N-L-Y!
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Mary Jane STINKS!.. TO HIGH H-LL! And why dealers dealing in this product don’t see that this one issue… IT’S SMELL!… is a PR PROBLEM, is a clear indication of the idiocy, and nonsense, rife in this “business”!
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If governments had moved to ban the plant… and then sought to replace its use by way of THC in pill form, the decades of insanity that governments, police, and communities have experienced!… and continue to experience!… WOULD HAVE ENDED!
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My suggestion… is that governments… around the world!… should ban the use of marijuana, in its raw state (and!… as smoking it, poses a health problem!… i.e., by way of the particulates created by burning it)!… and allow– INSTEAD, AND ONLY!– the sale, and use, of its extracted, THC (in pill form!)!
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I think we need to keep a close eye on these dispensaries, as I am pretty sure some of the ones I’ve seen aren’t just selling medicinal weed to “medically approved patients”. I get it through the legal channels ordering online via a Health Canada approved vendor so I am not affected by this however, it would be nice to have a physical dispensary to go to and talk to someone about the product and options instead of having to wait to see my Dr again for the next round. The legal channel controls how much you can buy and use and monitors your medication. If I were to buy outside of my designated vendor then I could be ingesting too much or too little. I suspect anyone who is upset over this must not be legally entitled to medicinal weed as it really shouldn’t affect them. Overall though, I think weed should just be legalized altogether and the police can focus on more important issues… like all the gun violence we have in this city.

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