Article by Mike Smee, CBC News
Six months after the Project Claudia raids by police shut down dozens of the city’s marijuana dispensaries, many of the pot shop owners who managed to stay afloat are now facing new pressure.
Bylaw enforcement officers are warning landlords that the city will shutter their buildings if they rent their premises to marijuana retailers, city spokesperson Tammy Robinson said Friday.
“The people who were raided and re-opened now have to fight their landlords to keep their legal leases,” said marijuana legalization advocate Abi Roach, who owns the HotBox pot lounge in Kensington Market.
“Finding a landlord who’ll rent out a space is near impossible.”
After the mass raids in May, shop owners were charged with a variety of criminal offences by police. But the city added charges of its own — accusations that storefront medicinal pot dispensaries were violating a zoning bylaw that only allows pot to be sold from three licensed locations in Toronto.