Article by Brent Constantin, Weed Wire
Landlords in Ottawa have received word from police that renting out their space to dispensaries may cost them.
Thirteen of the city’s dispensaries have been sent letters warning property owners that they may see police action or have their space seized by the courts after referral to Ontario’s Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities Office.
The letter stated that if properties continue to “represent a threat to the health, safety and security of the community, the Ottawa Police Service will take action as authorized by the Criminal Code, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and any other provincial statutes available.”
The police letter tells landlords they can contact police for “assistance with respect to strategies which may be employed by you to reduce/cease the unlawful activity associated with our property.”
Police said that, after receiving the letters, some landlords told them they thought the businesses were legal and are now consulting with lawyers.