John Tory Says It’s Time For Another Round of Pot Shop Crackdowns

Article by Nick Boisvert, CBC News

John Tory says it's time for another round of pot shop crackdowns Toronto mayor says the city is experiencing an 'upward trend' of new dispensary openings

Toronto mayor John Tory says he’d like to see further police crackdowns on the growing number of marijuana dispensaries sprouting up around the city.

The last round of raids were conducted in March, when Toronto Police searched stores owned by cannabis activists Marc and Jodie Emery. They were among five people arrested as part of what police called Project Gator.

In May 2016, Toronto Police conducted a much larger operation, raiding 43 storefronts and arresting more than 90 people in the process.

Tory acknowledged in an appearance on Metro Morning on Thursday that those crackdowns have “not really” worked in curbing the fast-growing industry.

Despite the past raids and the looming threat of more police operations, the city estimates that around 60 cannabis dispensaries are still open in Toronto.

Still, Tory said that targeting the city’s most disruptive pot shops is worthwhile.

“I just don’t think these are meant to be in every neighbourhood, in every retail strip,” he said. “I don’t think people want them and they’re against the law.”

Tory explained that they’ve caused problems in areas with children and families. He’s also heard stories of people being harassed by would-be cannabis customers while trying to take money out of ATMs.

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