Article by Terry Davidson, Toronto Sun
The “vulnerability” to robbery that medicinal pot shops face is “nothing new,” an advocate says in the wake of a violent knife-point holdup in Toronto’s west end.
Tracy Curley says dispensaries have become marks in a recent “rash” of robberies due to their prohibited “high-value” inventory and she noted many shops are not reporting such crimes to police for fear of being raided.
“Almost 20 years ago, Toronto got its first medical marijuana dispensary,” the medical marijuana advocate said Saturday. “They had an open door policy … They were robbed. When they reported it to police, (investigators launched a) six-month investigation that then got them raided … It’s not something new.”
Toronto Police were called to Evergreen Medicinals on Dundas St. W., near Roncesvalles Ave., just before 4 p.m. Friday after three masked marauders robbed the place and stabbed an employee.
Const. Victor Kwong said the crime was reported by a next-door business. Last Wednesday, he said, another pot shop was robbed at gunpoint but the report to police did not come from the shop and the manager wasn’t talking to investigators.