Canada: Toronto gov. uses cement blocks to keep illegal cannabis shops closed

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The city of Toronto has begun preventing access to illegal cannabis shops by blocking off their entrances with giant cement blocks as can be seen in footage from Saturday.

The city has reportedly turned to this method due to a legal loophole that prevents the authorities from removing people from or blocking access to alleged illegal cannabis dispensaries if they were also occupied residentially.

Previous police raids on illegal cannabis locations would often entail changing the locks or even installing steel doors on the properties but these methods were reportedly often ineffective, with people breaking back in and starting selling once again.

Cannabis was legalised in Canada in 2018, making it the first G7 member to legalise the drug, but crackdowns and raids have continued throughout the country against black market sales of cannabis that aren’t following the licensing and taxation requirements of the country’s Cannabis Act.

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