Marijuana Advocates Sceptical About Canada Path to Legal Pot

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The Cannabis Culture dispensary in downtown Toronto gets a steady stream of foot traffic around noon on a weekday.

But Marc Emery, who helped set up the franchise that flouts Canadian drug laws by selling pot to anyone over 19, is annoyed.

The dispensary had been raided the day before by Toronto police.

“It’s the government’s intention to legalise it. So why is the government still arresting people?” he asks.

Mr Emery is just one of many owners of illegal marijuana storefronts that have mushroomed in cities across Canada after the federal Liberals were elected in 2015.

The Liberals have committed to legalising recreational marijuana in Canada and plan to introduce marijuana law reforms on the sale, cultivation and distribution in parliament next spring.

Marijuana advocates are now pushing the legal boundaries in the grey zone between prohibition and permission.

Former Toronto police chief turned federal politician Bill Blair, who is the Liberal’s point man on legalisation, is having none of it.

“The only system for control is the existing legal regime. And we’re a society of laws,” he says.

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