I understand where the Mayor, police, and city staff are coming from with these raids. Most of these stores popping up everywhere downtown Toronto are quick-cash grabs. They are treading in a very grey area of the law and just want to make a quick buck while medical and recreational marijuana laws are in limbo. A drug dealer setting up a brick and morter store to sell pot is not legal and never has been; for now.
Not long ago, the federal Liberal government promised to introduce a bill to legalize recreational marijuana throughout Canada by the Spring of 2017. This limbo in pot laws is causing all kinds of problems.
Many people took advantage of the announcement and opened up illegal medical marijuana dispensaries hoping that law enforcement and the city of Toronto would turn a blind eye and just wait until the new laws came into place; and both did; for a short time. As soon as the Mayor was alerted to just how many illegal pot shops were operating, he ordered the city to issue cease and desist notices which in turn led to the last week’s raids. The other side of the argument is that there are very legitimate patients that use marijuana as a form of medicine to treat various ailments. Many of these patients have now been essentially forced to turn to the streets to attain their medicine because of limited medical dispensaries. Both the mayor and protestors are urging the government to do something about this limbo in laws. It doesn’t make any sense to promise legalization and then at the same time start arresting everyone for something that is supposed to be legal in 10 months.
Patients are suffering, tax payers are paying for useless trials, and the police are being viewed in a negative light once again. Make up your mind.