A second round of raids on Toronto marijuana dispensaries is underway as police have descended on a number of pot shops across the city.
CBC News has confirmed police visited at least two locations: Queen Street dispensary Cannabis Culture and Canna Clinic in the Yonge and Eglinton area Thursday.
In a news conference Thursday afternoon, police chief Mark Saunders said he believed search warrants were executed at four locations.
Alex Morris is a regular customer at Cannabis Culture, which is run by pro-pot activists Marc and Jody Emery. He arrived at the dispensary about five minutes after an undercover officer showed up there, he told CBC News.
He says he was just about to go inside when a man told him, “You don’t want to go in there.”
When Morris asked who the man was, he says he replied, “It doesn’t matter who I am.”
There’s no word yet on how many shops were caught up in the raids and whether any arrests have been made.
Police said little about the arrests, which caught owners and customers off-guard Thursday.
Toronto police spokesperson Mark Pugash told CBC News only that “a number of search warrants for medical marijuana dispensaries had been executed today.”
In May, police raided 43 such dispensaries, arresting 90 people and laying a total of 186 charges. Police also seized 269 kilograms of dried marijuana in those raids, along with a large quantity of cookies and other marijuana edibles.