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Toronto cops bust six following illegal dispensary raid

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Officers discover both cannabis and psilocybin products

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Six people were arrested by the Toronto Police Service (TPS) after officers raided an illegal dispensary earlier this week and found cannabis and psilocybin products.

The Nov. 28 seizure followed TPS officers kicking off a drug investigation about two weeks earlier on Nov. 13 and receiving a search warrant this week. The probe involved a commercial store called 1Tonamara, which was unlicensed and not regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

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A green light from the AGCO is necessary to set up a pot shop. “To operate a retail store and sell recreational cannabis, you must apply for a Retail Operator Licence. To get this licence, you must meet all of the eligibility criteria set out in the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 and its regulations,” the AGCO makes clear.

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The police probe was launched after posters were located nearby schools advertising discounts at the address in question. Although the TPS does not specify if the illegal pot shop was close to schools, or if was solely the advertisements that were near schools, legal cannabis retail cannot be located less than 150 metres from a school or private school.

Indeed, among the main goals of the federal Cannabis Act, which came into force more than four years ago, is to “prevent young persons from accessing cannabis.” Measures to help do so include restricting purchases to those of legal age for the specific province or territory — in Ontario, the legal age is 19 — and packaging that includes warnings and does not seek to attract young people.

The TPS reports that six individuals have been arrested and charged in connection with the recent seizure of “a large quantity” of cannabis that took various forms, namely dried flower, pre-rolls, oil, edibles and hash, as well as psilocybin in a chocolate bar form.” A small quantity of proceeds of crime was also confiscated, the police statement notes.

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Specifically, all of the individuals arrested — aged 44, 40, 36, 31, 29 and 23 — have been charged with possession of a Schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession for the purpose of selling, and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.

All accused are scheduled to appear in Toronto court on Feb. 1, 2023.

Cannabis and psilocybin are a somewhat common pairing in illegal dispensaries.

Last December in New Brunswick, officers with a multi-service team “seized significant quantities of what is believed to be cocaine, methamphetamine, psilocybin and marijuana.”

This past March in Massachusetts, neighbours of what’s being called a “drive-thru drug store” were so sick of the illegal enterprise selling cannabis and magic mushrooms to student-aged customers, they called the cops. Officers ended up seizing a large quantity of mushrooms, THC oils, 300-plus THC-filled, chocolate-flavoured candy bars, a large amount of THC-filled ampules used in vape-like smoking products, a large amount of marijuana and more than $320,000 in cash.

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Though recreational use of cannabis is legal in Massachusetts, that only applies to those 21 and older who have government-issued identification and purchase their goods at a licensed dispensary.

And earlier this month, two men were charged following a raid on Shrommyz, a Toronto retail store that was allegedly selling psilocybin and psilocybin-derived edibles. CBC News reported more recently, though, that the City of Toronto appears to have no plans to shut down the store.

Psilocybin and psilocin are listed as Schedule III substances under Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the third-highest level of offence.

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