Some Toronto Cannabis Shops Choose to Stay Open Despite Threat of Prosecution

Article by Liam Casey, The Canadian Press via CTV News

Some Toronto pot shops choose to stay open despite threat of prosecution People walk past a cannabis dispensary in Toronto on Monday, October 15, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov Liam Casey, The Canadian Press

Hours after marijuana becomes legal, Toronto enforcement officers will fan out across the city looking for any illegal pot shops still open — the start of a cat-and-mouse game that is expected to play out over the next six months.

Ontario will have no brick-and-mortar cannabis stores until April 1, 2019, with the only legal retailer being a provincial government-run online store.

The owners of the dozens of illegal pot dispensaries that have popped up in the city over the last few years have been promised an amnesty of sorts: Shut down by Oct. 17 and you can apply for a retail licence.

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