Cops raided four marijuana dispensaries on Thursday — the blitz comes almost one month after Toronto Police raided dozens of shops across the city.
And Chief Mark Saunders delivered a blunt warning to any Hogtown bud businesses still operating when asked about these latest raids.
“It’s an ongoing investigation. I’ve never minced my words,” Saunders said. “This is a result of what I said. If you have a dispensary open, your chances of going to court and being charged are very high, so I highly recommend that you stop.”
Saunders also took aim at those operating the dispensaries.
“This investigation has nothing to do with personal use, this has everything to do with people that are entering into this for the sole purpose of making money, using it as a guise under medical marijuana — this is a falsehood.”
At Cannabis Culture on Queen St. W., police arrested three people from inside the store Thursday afternoon and plainclothes officers were seen leaving with two large bags of evidence.
Jodie Emery, who owns the Cannabis Culture chain with her husband Marc Emery – the so-called Prince of Pot, called the raids a “waste” of police resources.
Emery called for a moratorium on arrests for marijuana-related offences and the acceleration of planned federal marijuana legislation.
“This inequality is unjust when Canadians will be buying pot legally in the near future,” Emery said. “If Canadians are not going to be arrested in the future for pot, they shouldn’t be arrested today.”
The operators of 45 dispensaries were charged Thursday with several municipal infractions and could face fines of up to $50,000, the city said. It is unknown how many of these shops were raided by police and their products seized.