Written by David Rider for The Star.
As governments lay groundwork for legal recreational pot next spring, Toronto police keep raiding medicinal marijuana dispensaries and want the public to help them continue.
The pot sellers remain defiant, with one shuttered shop urging buyers to visit a sister store until it can reopen.
Officers raided three dispensaries Monday, seizing 21.5 pounds of pot products, $15,841.05 in cash and laying Criminal Code drug charges against six men.
It was the second raid of S.W.E.D. dispensary at 1898 Danforth Ave., which was among 43 shops busted in late May when 90 owners, managers and clerks were hit with trafficking charges.
Another S.W.E.D. outlet, at 988 Pape Ave., was also raided Monday along with Section 56 dispensary at 912 Danforth Ave. They were the latest in sporadic busts since the mass arrests in spring.
A sign on the S.W.E.D. window on Pape told customers it had no pot to sell because police seized it.
“We plan to reopen in the near future, but our 333 Danforth Ave. location is still open for business today. Please visit them for all your medical needs,” it stated. Staff at that location were indeed busy selling marijuana.