Article by Trevor Dunn, CBC News
Toronto’s marijuana dispensaries had a turbulent 2016, and there are no signs 2017 will be any different for the fledgling businesses and their many customers.
The dispensaries plan to continue selling marijuana and police plan to continue raiding them.
“They are serving a need,” Michael McLellan, spokesperson for the Canadian Cannabis Retail Council, said of Toronto’s marijuana dispensaries.
“There are still tens of thousands — if not hundreds of thousands — of patients frequenting marijuana retailers here in Toronto and I think they will continue to do so,” McLellan said in an interview.
The number of marijuana dispensaries exploded in 2016. In some areas, the proliferation of pot shops caused concern among neighbours, according to Toronto police.
In response, police launched a series of raids. Project Claudia led to dozens of arrests and the seizure of thousands of dollars of marijuana.