Article by Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun
Cory Stoneham admits he’s an outlaw running an illegal pot business.
And the owner of Weed the North accepts police raids go with the territory while dispensary operators await pot legislation from the federal government.
But Stoneham believes Toronto Police went “above and beyond their duties,” allegedly causing thousands of dollars in damage while executing a search warrant last month at one of his two booming pot shops in the city.
“If (police) want to conduct a raid, that’s their business. We’ll fight any charges in court,” Stoneham told the Toronto Sun. “But they have no reason to smash the sign off the front of our store … and rip our decals off of the windows.”
Stoneham opened his first store at 1532 Eglinton Ave. W. last year on April 20 — aka 4/20, the day cannabis users gather to celebrate pot.
At the time, more than 80 such shops had sprouted up in the city prompting cops to launch Project Claudia — a crackdown that saw 43 pot shops raided, including Weed the North.
One of Stoneham’s employees was arrested in that raid, but he said the charges were later withdrawn and all seized property, except the cannabis, returned.