Last week the medical cannabis industry in Toronto underwent a massive shake up as authorities enacted an operation aimed at shutting down medical cannabis dispensaries coined Project Claudia.
In total there were more than 186 charges filed against 90 people located at 43 dispensaries throughout Toronto.
At a news conference following the raids, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders stated the sting operation was a result of “significant community concern and public complaints” in relation to the huge increase of “unlawful storefronts selling marijuana” over the past few months.
He continued saying city officials had “a genuine health concern” over the products quality control measures.
There’s an unusual scent inside police hq today. Police setting up display for “project Claudia” pot raid newser. pic.twitter.com/zT0SNFRez9
— Linda Ward (@LindaWardCBC) May 27, 2016
The acting inspector on the Project Claudia operation, Steve Watts stated the following items were seized:
- Just under $160,000 in cash
- 269 kilos of dried cannabis
- 30 kilos of resin
- 24 kilos of hash
- 27 kilos of THC pills
- 72 kilos of chocolate
- 142 kilos of cookies
- 129 kilos of candies
- 64 kilos of sodas and liquids
- 126 kilos of oils and spreads
- 23 grams of powdered cocaine
Prior to the news conference Canada’s ‘Price of Pot’ Marc Emery lead a protest outside of police headquarters. Emery was critical of the dispensary closings stating,
“It’s unfathomable because marijuana is a very safe substance…These dispensaries meet the demand of citizens who are there voting with their dollars and their feet to buy. There’s no harm going on, there’s no coercion.”
Where the busts were pic.twitter.com/lOBvvo103e
— Jeff Gray (@jeffreybgray) May 27, 2016