MP Adam Vaughan on Toronto’s Approach to Dispensaries

Article by David Brown, Lift


Adam Vaughan is the the MP for Toronto’s Spadina—Fort York, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, and has acted as a point man on legalization for the party on several occasions.

Previous to his time as an MP, Vaughan served two terms at City Hall, and was one one of the votes against the city’s zoning regulations (438-86) for Licensed Producers under the MMPR in 2014. These regulations have been part of Toronto’s approach to dealing with dispensaries in the past, in addition to more recent police action through Project Claudia.

In the wake of Project Claudia, the Toronto Board of Health also called for moreclarity from the Federal government, with City Councillor Joe Cressy, who also sits on the board, saying the city is in a ‘legislative limbo’.

Although Toronto has said they will continue to enforce existing federal law, they also say they are continuing to wait for both federal as well as provincial guidance on how, if at all, to regulate retail medical marijuana stores.

After Toronto Mayor John Tory’s letter this past May asked the city’s Municipal Licensing & Standards Committee (ML&S) to look into possible regulations to address the proliferation of dispensaries in Toronto, Vaughan issued a series oftweets saying the city already has the power to regulate dispensaries.

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