Article by Nicole O’Reilly, 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.