Toronto Takes On Canna Clinic Marijuana Dispensary In Court Battle With A Lot On The Line

Article by John Rieti, CBC News

Toronto takes on Canna Clinic marijuana dispensary in court battle with a lot on the line Police have raided Canna Clinic dispensaries multiple times, but shops keep reopening By John Rieti, CBC News. The city of Toronto is trying to shut down Canna Clinic's marijuana dispensaries. Currently, only two of the company's seven storefront locations are open, including this one in Kensington Market.

The City of Toronto has gone to court to try to shut down a prominent marijuana dispensary that keeps reopening in the wake of police raids, while the pot shop’s owners are asking the same judge to exempt its operations from both local bylaws and federal drug rules.

A judge with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has reserved her decision following hearings this week, but the result will be an indication of how difficult it will be for the city to close the 62 marijuana dispensaries open today.

The city alleges Canna Clinic, which has recently operated out of seven storefronts across Toronto but is currently operating out of two, is breaking the law and making millions in the process.

But Canna Clinic argues the city’s bylaws and the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) are unconstitutional, because they restrict medical marijuana patients’ access to the drug.

Canada is set to legalize marijuana next summer, however Ontario has already said it will control weed sales through an LCBO-like model and shut down dispensaries — a plan the city is on board with, so far.

Ottawa-based lawyer Trina Fraser, who keeps an eye on the marijuana industry, says the outcome of this case may change that.

“If the precedent is set that a judge is not prepared to buy the city’s argument … I don’t even know that they’d try [to get an injunction] with any other dispensaries until we have a new legal regime in place for cannabis,” Fraser told CBC Toronto.

“If the precedent is set that a judge is not prepared to buy the city’s argument … I don’t even know that they’d try [to get an injunction] with any other dispensaries until we have a new legal regime in place for cannabis,” Fraser told CBC Toronto.

She says the city will need a strong case to win an injunction, but if it’s successful in court, that will likely have a “chilling effect” for other dispensaries.

Toronto police raided Canna Clinic’s Kensington Market location earlier this September, seizing 168.7 kilograms of pot as well as large quantities of marijuana oil and concentrate. Officers also seized $14,410. In a separate raid in June, 80 Canna Clinic employees were arrested, charged, and quickly released.

That hasn’t stopped Canna Clinic, and so the city is seeking an injunction to stop its operations immediately.

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