Battling Dispensaries like ‘Whack-A-Mole’: City Official

Article by Maryam Shah, Toronto Sun

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When it comes to shutting down marijuana dispensaries, Mark Sraga admits it’s a bit like playing whack-a-mole.

“It’s still an ongoing challenge,” said Sraga, director of investigative services for the City of Toronto. “Dispensaries open, dispensaries close.”

But his officers are seeing “better success” as they use city bylaws against illegal pot shops, he added.

When the city began its crackdown in May — as the big green leaf signifying cannabis began frequently popping up on storefronts around the city — there were 48 stores open.

Now, more are closing as a result of bylaw and police enforcement, said Sraga.

The more letters sent out informing dispensary owners and property owners of the bylaws they are breaking, the more stores comply, according to the city.

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