Article by Teviah Moro, The Hamilton Spectator
Police have made use of new powers under Ontario’s cannabis legislation to shut down three more pot shops in Hamilton.
Officers with the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team raided three locations of MMJ Canada on Wednesday.
While the raids continue to chip away at Hamilton’s persistent black market, some say the MMJ busts will leaves medicinal users in the lurch.
“I’ve had a huge outcry from patients,” said Adam Oldfield, who founded Medicinal My Way to fight for better access to medicinal cannabis.
Oldfield argues police are wrong to lump illegal recreational pot shops with vendors like MMJ, citing an August 2017 Superior Court ruling that allowed a King Street East dispensary to continue selling weed products to medicinal customers.
Hamilton police have said they’ll “continue to apply and enforce the law as it currently stands,” referring to provincial legislation.