The number of marijuana dispensaries popping up in Toronto is alarming to the Mayor, and he wants to see something done about it.
In a letter sent to Tracey Cook, the Executive Director of Municipal Licensing and Standards, John Tory says both residents and businesses have come forward with concerns about these operations opening in their neighborhoods. He says not only are they setting up quickly, but there are also a large number of them as well.
Tory says the city has an obligation to ensure this new industry operates responsibly, without having a negative impact on those around them.
He’s asking for a review and report to be done on the dispensaries already operating in the city, as well as the feasibility of licensing the dispensaries.
Tory is also encouraging the Standards and Licensing Committee to work with Toronto police to use whatever enforcement is needed to address the health and safety concerns of those businesses and residents where these dispensaries are operating unlawfully.
Tory’s full letter can be accessed below.
Here is the letter I wrote the Exec Director of City’s MLS division regarding marijuana dispensaries in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/VUmnqlpeOV
— John Tory (@JohnTory) May 12, 2016