Article by Roger Petersen, City News
One of the 52 marijuana dispensaries still operating in the city appears poised to reopen despite being raided by police four times recently, angering area residents in Weston Road and Jane Street area.
The dispensary, at 1608 Weston Road, recently put up its sign again, signifying that it could soon be open for business.
Area resident, Trevor Comer, says customers are swarming through their neighbourhood, causing problems.
Residents have complained of customers urinating in public, climbing through backyards, doing drugs in a nearby park and leaving drug baggies and other paraphernalia scattered all over.
“[When it closed] The whole neighbourhood raised a cheer,” Comer said. “I think licensing has to step up.”
Councillor Frances Nunziata says she is as frustrated as the neighbours. She joined police for the last raid a month ago and she says she was stunned when she went in.
“I was so nauseous,” she says. “I have never smoked marijuana but it made me so sick.