It’s been just over a week since legalized cannabis stores opened in Ontario, but according to the City of Toronto that isn’t stopping 28 illegal shops from continuing to operate.
City officials said they are now cracking down on the unsanctioned pot shops.
The City of Toronto raided Dallas Buyers Club on Eglinton Avenue West on Monday and the Green Apple dispensary on Milvan Drive on Tuesday.
Enforcement officers told Global News Green Apple has been repeatedly shut down with operators allegedly going through locks to reopen.
“Often, after (a raid), the operator will go back, break the locks and re-enter the property. Now, we won’t just be changing the locks,” Mark Sraga, the city’s director of investigative services, told Global News without elaborating.
“Property owners are also at great risk. The landlord will lose access (to the property) until the matter has been dealt with by the courts.”
Enforcement officers told Global News with respect to Green Apple, both the operator and the landlord were charged.
The raids come as Toronto’s bylaw officers took over enforcement of pot shop regulations, in March, allowing Toronto police to focus on other aspects of the job.
“(We) now handle the seizures, closure orders, laying of charges and barring of entry,” Sraga said.