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An ongoing battle amongst Toronto authorities and the owner of a chain of unlicensed cannabis dispensaries came to a head late final week, as the two warring sides played genuine planet tetris with a pile of huge concrete barricades. 

According to the Toronto Star, the CAFE dispensary chain was the newest set of illicit pot shops to really feel the wrath of the Toronto bylaw enforcement police and their favourite retail deterrent — comically huge stacks of concrete blocks.

Toronto police installed their 1st storefront barricade final month and mentioned they would continue to do so as extended as illicit pot shops undermined neighborhood legalization laws. In addition to skirting taxes and security testing specifications, Canada’s unlicensed dispensaries do not comply with the country’s existing ban on edibles and other certain cannabis solutions.

For owners of the CAFE — Cannabis and Fine Edibles — dispensary chain, although, even concrete blocks couldn’t stand in the way of pot sales, at least for a single added day. As quickly as the business enterprise owners heard that they had been targeted by bylaw enforcement, they hired their personal building enterprise to take away the blocks, opening for business enterprise as quickly as the sidewalk was clear.

“Yesterday, we witnessed a vigilante interpretation of flawed legislation. This behavior is reckless and embarrassing,” the unnamed owners mentioned in a statement on Friday, just before calling the continued enforcement efforts an “addiction to prohibition.”

Toronto bylaw officers right away sprung into action to reinstall the concrete blocks in front of the Harbord St. place, and mentioned that, in total, they have filed more than 70 charges against the CAFE owners.

“This matter is getting investigated by the Toronto police. Getting into a barred premise is also a contravention below the Cannabis Handle Act,” Mark Sraga, the city’s director of bylaw enforcement, told the Star. “The city will continue to take progressive enforcement action against these places by working out all authorities below the Cannabis Handle Act.”

Even with the concrete blocks in spot, CAFE owners did not shut down shop, with a number of reports from City News reporter Adrian Ghobrial displaying a luxury SUV transporting customers from the barricaded dispensary to a new place, and dispensary personnel selling cannabis out of an apartment building to buyers lined up on the street.

The game of cat and mouse became so outlandish that Toronto Mayor John Tory felt compelled to comment on the sidewalk shenanigans.

“The notion of just flagrantly breaking the law more than and more than and more than once more to me is — I just can not even fathom that,” Tory mentioned. “But they will all have their day in court.”

On a entire, Toronto’s efforts to combat unlicensed cannabis dispensaries have been fairly thriving, with significantly less than 10 storefronts at present operating, down from practically 40 just final year.

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