EXCLUSIVE: Ontario to Close ‘Residential Loophole’ for Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries

Article by Quintin Bignell and Cynthia Mulligan, CityNews

EXCLUSIVE: Province to close 'residential loophole' for pot shops BY QUINTIN BIGNELL, CYNTHIA MULLIGAN AND NEWS STAFFPOSTED Police are seen outside cannabis dispensary Cafe in CityPlace after it was raided and shut down in April 2019. CITYNEWS The bill is expected to pass by the end of this legislative session in June and will come into effect thereafter.

The Ford government will table legislation Thursday, making it easier for city officials to shut down the remaining illegal pot shops in Toronto, CityNews has learned.

However, their work was hindered by a legal loophole that prohibits the city from shutting down retail spaces that are also used as a residence. It forced bylaw officers to remove the metal doors because the shop’s operators allegedly lived in the buildings and grant them access to the illegal stores, despite being shut down.

Sources confirm exclusively to CityNews that the provincial government is working to close what they call the “residential loophole” for pot shops — recently used by the operators of Cafe to retain access to some of their locations closed by the city.

The Tories will amend existing cannabis legislation to close the loophole and further, make it an offence to reopen after a store has been shut down, with additional fines for doing so.

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