Hamilton Police Shut Down Dozens of Pot Dispensaries, and All But 2 Reopened Again

Article by Samantha Craggs, CBC News

Hamilton police shut down dozens of pot dispensaries, and all but 2 reopened again Samantha Craggs · CBC News Hamilton city officials say every time they manage to close down a marijuana dispensary, it just opens up again in a different location. (Evan Mitsui/CBCNews)

It’s a clear sign Hamilton is losing its battle against illegal marijuana dispensaries. Every time police or the city try to shut one down, new numbers show, they just open back up again.

Lloyd Ferguson, Ancaster councillor and chair of the police services board, says police have shut down 42 dispensaries, and all but two reopened again.

City efforts aren’t much better. Bylaw staff have identified 80 dispensaries in total, and 47 are operating now, said Ken Leendertse, director of licensing.

But of the 33 authorities have managed to close, he said, most of them just moved to a different location and reopened again.

That shows the system isn’t working, Leendertse said. The city tries to use existing rules to crack down, including whether a building is zoned properly, or whether edibles are stored according to public health regulations.

But that’s all it can do until the province either makes dispensaries legal, or gives them better tools.

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