Shuttered Illegal Cannabis Shops Grow Back Like Weeds

Article by Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

You can cut the grass, but the stuff just quickly pops back up like weeds.

Police shut down a weed store one day and like a dandelion just through a lawnmower, they sprout right back up.

“Some are open the very next day after we shut them down,” said a Toronto copper.

The officer described it like “playing a game of whack-a-mole at the CNE. We hammered them down but they just keep on coming back up.”

Welcome to the reality of legalized marijuana. Not everybody is selling, or buying, legally.

In the past week, Toronto Police raided 11 pot dispensaries in direct competition with the government’s own legal online cannabis store.

With photographer Craig Robertson, we visited a bunch of locations Thursday to see who has re-opened.

Some packed up and disappeared. But others re-stocked new supply and opened up again overnight.

The ones I went to at 1506 Dundas St. W., 1530 Queen Street W. and 1506 Eglinton Avenue West — all subject to raids and fines under the Cannabis Act — were either closed or not selling product anymore.

Read the full article here.

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