City pushing for closure of 21 illegal cannabis shopsPosted by On

By-law enforcement officers are continuing to investigate 21 “suspected illegal cannabis storefronts” in Toronto, city officials said Wednesday. 

A total of nine officers from Toronto’s Municipal Standards and Licensing department are assigned to probe individual locations, issue closure orders and seize cannabis products and money, the city said in a news release. 

In the six months since pot was legalized in Canada, Toronto officials have laid 41 charges related to the operation of illicit shops. 

“We are staffed and prepared to continue this enforcement,” said Mark Sraga, director of investigative services at the city.

The most recent raid was on Tuesday at a popular location on Fort York Boulevard. Sraga’s team had already been there several days earlier. Overnight Monday, however, staff at the dispensary were able to get back into the premises and reopen the shop by…

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