Article by Betsy Powell, The Toronto Star
Mayor John Tory “strongly supports” the latest Toronto police crackdown on marijuana dispensaries even though the federal government will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot.
While Tory says he supports legalization, the people who have been selling pot out of city storefronts have jumped the gun.
“I just think when you have a law that you have to make your best efforts to enforce it,” he said Friday a day after the raids on pot shops in Toronto, Vancouver and Hamilton.
Police arrested the owners of the seven Cannabis Culture locations, Marc and Jodie Emery, at Pearson International Airport. The Vancouver-based couple, known as the Prince and Princess of Pot, face trafficking and possession charges as well as conspiring to commit an indictable offence.
They were released on bail Friday.
While some pot advocates have expressed surprise about the raids and arrests, Tory said he has made it clear the “vast majority of people” do not want pot sold in “wild west” fashion.
Since pot dispensaries spread across the city last year, Tory said he has received “significant public feedback” that residents don’t want dispensaries “on every corner and neighborhood,” even in a “legalized environment.”