Ottawa Politicians Applaud Raids on Marijuana Dispensaries

Article by CBC News

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Municipal politicians in Ottawa are applauding the closure of a string of marijuana dispensaries operating illegally across the city in response to mounting complaints.

Jody Mitic, the councillor for Innes ward, said politicians had been “tightening the screws” on Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau to crack down on “bandits” selling unregulated products.

“You can’t just open up a shop and start selling grandpa’s moonshine,” Mitic said.

“They’re bandits setting up shop in this manner. We needed to show the people that, despite some of the confusion and the grey zones in the law right now, we’re still going to enforce what’s right and wrong.”

The federal government has promised to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana by the spring of 2017 but possession, production and trafficking of marijuana remains illegal.

“Once it’s legal and there are rules in place … we’ll collect the taxes off it [and] we’ll know a gram of marijuana is actual marijuana,” Mitic said.

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