Toronto Police Raid 5 Cannabis Dispensaries as Retail Locations Still Not Permitted

Article by Nick Westoll, Global News

Just two days after cannabis was legalized across Canada, Toronto police say drug squad officers raided five marijuana dispensaries across the city Friday afternoon.

“Just as before Oct. 17, we are enforcing the laws and we are continuing to do so. Anybody who remains open is to do so at their own risk,” spokesperson Gary Long told Global News Friday evening.

Long said officers were enforcing provisions under the Cannabis Act. He said several people were charged and released.

Under Ontario law, the provincial government’s online retailer, the Ontario Cannabis Store, is the only legal vendor for marijuana until April 1. At that time, the Ontario government will issue licences for private businesses to sell cannabis.

The City of Toronto told Global News as of Thursday, there were 92 known marijuana dispensaries. A spokesperson said 56 closed on their own pending the issuance of licences, therefore leaving 36 illegal retail locations.

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