21 May 2016
It’s a rather long piece but this is the nub of it
Instead of going after dispensaries, the city has chosen to go after the landlords. It is a bylaw infraction to run an illegal business, and landlords who know that they’re renting to an illegal operation face fines of up to $50,000 and can even have their property seized.
Police spokesperson Mark Pugash has said notices are being hand delivered directly to landlords. Landlords are being given notice of the illegal usage of their properties and have three days to remedy the problem or face consequences.
The dispensaries aren’t being notified or busted; the police and city are putting it to the landlords to take care of the situation. And, realistically, they are legally culpable.
Pugash did not specify how many notices have been delivered, but implied that there were dozens
Also The Globe & Mail write
Letters from the city and the Toronto Police Service were sent informing landlords of buildings that contain dispensaries that the shops violate local by-laws and the property owners are subject to stiff financial penalties. Until the city sent out the notices, operators of the dispensaries expected to be the ones facing fines, as much as $50,000.
The scramble in Canada’s biggest city to block the open sale of a drug that will be legalized next year illustrates the confusion that has reigned since the federal Liberals were elected on a platform that included legalizing pot for recreational use.
Toronto has seen a boom in dispensaries in the past six months unlike any other city in Canada, surpassing Vancouver. Some estimates peg the number of storefronts at more than 100. Mayor John Tory called the trend “alarming.”
And the Toronto Star
Unfortunately we’ve been unable to source copies of the letters