Article by City News
For the second time in three weeks, an illegal marijuana dispensary has been the target of an armed robbery in Toronto, but police appear to be the ones handcuffed by a lack of cooperation.
On Dec. 21, a Canna Clinic dispensary on Ossington Avenue was held up by four masked men. Even though rattled witnesses reported the crime to police the next day, no one from the dispensary came forward, making a police investigation difficult.
On Wednesday night, a Cannabis Culture dispensary at Queen Street East and Broadview Avenue was held up, reportedly at gunpoint. Police were called, but they say employees aren’t cooperating, offering only vague details.
“The information that they’re not giving us makes it difficult for us to proceed, because we need to know what happened,” said Const. Craig Brister.
“We are talking about men who reportedly have firearms. This is something that needs to be dealt with.”
Some business owners near the Cannabis Culture in the Riverside neighbourhood are expressing safety concerns after Wednesday night’s stickup.
“I thought they had been raided, and then I remembered hearing a lot of dispensaries have been robbed, and I thought immediately, there’s a lot of safety issues,” said a nearby cafe owner named Marie. “Why rob a bank when you can go to a dispensary now, and there’s no protection?”