Toronto police officers execute search warrant at The Toronto Dispensary at 33 Kensington Avenue

Toronto police officers executed a search warrant at The Toronto Dispensary at 33 Kensington Avenue on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Toronto police officers executed a search warrant at The Toronto Dispensary at 33 Kensington Avenue on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at approximately 6:40 p.m., according to a Toronto Police Services report.

Police alleged that 1,463.41 grams of marijuana oil, 1.24 grams of shatter, 3 kilograms of marijuana, 49.61 grams of hash, $11,823 in Canadian currency and $60 in U.S. currency were seized during the execution of the search warrant.

Six people were charged with four counts of Possession of a Schedule II Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, four counts of Possession of a Schedule II Substance and Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime. They are all scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, 9 a.m., room 114.

Toronto Police Services spokesperson Mark Pugash has said they will continue to raid dispensaries, largely based on either complaints from the community or perhaps when evidence comes up in a related raid.

"There are a number of things," Pugash told Lift. "First of all, complaints and public safety concerns can certainly be factors. Also, it’s entirely possible, and again I won’t go into specifics, but it’s entirely possible that as you’re investigating one potential target, you become aware of information which could broaden out the search. It could be a number of things."

TPS has been aggressively targeting Toronto dispensaries since they unleashed Project Claudia in May, 2016, with the execution of over 40 warrants following warnings from Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards Division and visits from city inspectors earlier that month. While many charges have been dropped, others have not.

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3 comments

  1. Sean Guptill Reply

    Only place I could get hired (long story) is a dispensary while going to school to be a cyc. Only 40 minutes into my training and 37 years without any involvement with the law my life changed. I got charges. Got to get prints and mug shot. I'm considered a criminal for working where I could and what I believe in and use for medicine ( I'm a wreck now bc I can't use my medicine but I can go get pain killers) I made a bad choice

  2. SawThat Reply

    I watched the gang of uniforms roll into this raid as I walked through my neighborhood market about to get dinner. they blocked busy streets and made a big scene at 6:30pm. the intersection they blocked happens to be infront of another dispensary, that literally had a lineup out the door while the raid was happening. There were lots of people on the street, not one person had something nice to say about the goings on.

  3. Robert Wright Reply

    The storm troopers are making sure their masters maintain their monopoly how many more innocent peaceful people will they beat on and violate their rights.