Yet another Canna Clinic facility was raided and closed in Toronto this week. Ontario Superior Court has issued an interim injunction and scheduled a permanent injunction hearing for December 2018.
This raid and a temporary ban on sales and all other activities were to be expected, as Ontario’s government officials have been pushing for the closure of private run recreative cannabis dispensaries for over 18 months now.
In a series of raids across the city, many stores have been closed until further notice, and some of their owners and clerks are now facing criminal and bylaw charges.
Mark Sraga, director of investigation services for Toronto’s municipal licensing and standards division said that Canna Clinic and its directors are completely barred from continuing to operate or sell marijuana in the city of Toronto until further notice.
In fact, not only are the property owners not allowed to sell their product on their property location, but so is any other person attempting to sell, store or distribute marijuana.
Is Canna Clinic completely leaving Ontario?
The city and the police department have been trying to close all Canna Clinic locations for a while now, and its two remaining stores in Toronto are closed now. Canna Clinic had 7 storefronts open in the city at one point.
“Our legal department is still reviewing the decision then we’ll determine what next steps need to be taken should they not comply with the order,” Sraga said.
Canna Clinic opposed Toronto’s court ruling, saying how they should be allowed to continue operating on the count of their medical patients and their needs.
Given that Canna Clinic is a BC based dispensaries chain, one would not be wrong to assume they might be closing down all operations in Ontario until further notice for the sake of the brand.
With all that said, only one question remains — Is the system in Ontario rigged to profit the “Big Weed” companies?
Source: Toronto Star