BRAUN: Cannabis Chaos Continues for CAFE

Article by Liz Braun, Toronto Sun

BRAUN: Cannabis chaos continues for CAFE Liz Braun Concrete blocks in front of the closed-down Bloor St. W. CAFE cannabis dispensary on Thursday, July 18 2019. Bryan Passifiume / Toronto Sun Concrete barriers bar entry to an illegal pot dispensary at 104 Harbord St. on Friday, July 19, 2019. Craig Robertson / Toronto Sun

Massive concrete blocks are keeping customers out of CAFE pot shops.

The storefronts are considered illegal.

As previously reported, police dropped 2,000 kilogram blocks outside four CAFE shops throughout the city; attempts were made to remove the blocks at the Bloor West and Harbord locations on Thursday, but only Harbord Street was able to briefly re-open.

By Friday, the blocks were back in place outside 104 Harbord St.

The blocks are the latest embarrassing salvo in the ongoing and futile job of trying to enforce a government monopoly on cannabis sales.

Removing the blocks or attempting to do so is also against the law, as it happens.

A statement from Mark Sraga, Director of Bylaw Enforcement, states, “The City is aware that some of the blocks placed in front of the illegal cannabis storefronts operating under the name of Café, were removed. This matter is being investigated by Toronto Police.  Entering a barred premise is also a contravention under the Cannabis Control Act.  Officers with Municipal Licensing and Standards have revisited the locations and reinstalled the blocks.”

Further enforcement action will be undertaken against these illegally operating pot shops, according to Sraga’s statement, “By exercising all authorities under the Cannabis Control Act.”  That sounds ominous.

On Friday, at least a dozen people were milling around the CAFE location on Harbord, hoping for news that the shop would reopen.

A helpful citizen pointed out that CAFE has a website, so while same-day service might be impossible, people can still order pot online to be delivered to their door.

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