Article by Peter Goffin, The Toronto Star
Toronto police are asking illegal marijuana dispensaries to report robberies committed in their shops, but lawyers say the fear of criminal charges makes cooperating with police a difficult prospect for pot sellers.
At a news conference Monday morning, police Supt. Bryce Evans said he found it “disturbing” that dispensaries refuse to cooperate with, or turn over evidence to, police robberies.
“They increase the victimizations because they want the almighty dollar and the profit from the sale of illegal marijuana,” he said of dispensary owners.
There have been four dispensaries robbed this month alone, Evans told reporters, and a total of 13 robberies since June 2016.
On two of those occasions, police charged the dispensary owners with possession for the purpose of trafficking, after being called in to investigate the robberies.
Storefront pot dispensaries are illegal under current Canadian law. Though many Toronto dispensaries claim to offer medicinal marijuana, only 38 providers are licensed by Health Canada.