Licensed Cannabis Producers Behind The Toronto Raids?

Article by John Hiltz, Marijuana.com

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Say it ain’t so!

The Toronto Dispensary Coalition, which serves as the governing body for medical cannabis clinics across the GTA, is steaming mad at the cops and fighting back, demanding the 90 charges that have been laid against the staff and owners of 45 dispensaries get thrown out immediately.

These charges were brought on as a result of one of the largest raids in Canadian history. Dubbed “Project Claudia,” the highly excessive actions taken by police and City Hall were condemned by the majority of Torontonians as completely unnecessary and a waste of police and city resources.

Coalition spokesperson Adolfo Gonzalez at a press conference on Monday said, “The city needs to realize that they have made a major mistake, that they’re ruining the lives of people that have families, that have futures.” Gonzalez went on to say that most of these dispensaries were operating under the rules and regulations set out by the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries.

When asked why Mayor John Tory and Toronto Police went ahead with Project Claudia despite the recent federal court rulings that partially paved the way for dispensaries, Campbell did not mince words and said it was “because of licensed [cannabis]producer lobbying.”

Campbell is referring to the industry-wide discussion that the licensed producers in Canada were behind enabling Tory and his gang of cops to crackdown on dispensaries. Many of the dispensary owners are implying this lobbying has little to do with the health of Canadians and more to do with the fact that dispensaries currently eat into their profit margin. “If you look at the lobby registry at City Hall which is public, Tweed has had three meetings at the city level and Tilray had ten meetings with the city leading up to these raids.”

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