Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team Raid and Close Two More Hamilton Cannabis Dispensaries

Article by Nicole O’Reilly, The Hamilton Spectator

Police raid and close two more Hamilton cannabis dispensaries The Honey Pot and Herbal Life on Upper Ottawa the latest targets of crackdown. NEWS 05:00 AM by Nicole O'Reilly The Hamilton Spectator Police were on site Wednesday afternoon shutting down another dispensary on Upper Ottawa Street. - Cathie Coward,The Hamilton Spectator Hamilton Police have shut down another local dispensary. The Honey Pot at 1447 Upper Ottawa Street. Police were on site Wednesday afternoon. - Cathie Coward , The Hamilton Spectator

Two more cannabis dispensaries in Hamilton have been targeted by police, their doors barred, locks changed and alarm systems installed, bringing the total number of illegal storefronts seized here to eight.

On Wednesday, officers from the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team, which includes three Hamilton officers, executed warrants at two dispensaries in a strip mall at 1447 Upper Ottawa St., south of Stone Church Road East.

The dispensaries, The Honey Pot and Herbal Life, were seized under powers granted to police by the Ontario Cannabis Act, said Deputy Chief Dan Kinsella.

Right now, the only way to legally buy cannabis in Ontario is online through the Ontario Cannabis Store, with the first 25 bricks-and-mortar stores coming in April.

Kinsella said there are about 18 illegal dispensaries still operating in Hamilton, which police are committed to closing.

After legalization in October, about eight dispensaries have also decided to close on their own, he said.

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For the full list of dispensary raids since Trudeau took office, click here.

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