Toronto authorities have dropped the majority of charges faced by the owners and employees of Cannabis Culture stores and other dispensaries after raids earlier this year. Originally there were 90 people connected to Toronto Police’s Operation Claudia. Individuals were charged with 180 criminal counts including drug trafficking and other marijuana related crimes. Despite the Toronto police’s war on cannabis, the majority of these charges were abandoned or settled through peace bonds this week.
Cannabis Culture stores were among the most well known dispensaries targeted by Project Claudia. The sweep by Toronto Police netted 269 kilograms of marijuana, 30 kilos of extracts, and hundreds of kilos of edibles and other marijuana consumables. The raids were criticized by the cannabis community and even resulted in several protests. The raids were seen as a gross waste of time and money by a police agency already going through financial troubles.
Only about half of the dispensaries operating in Toronto were targeted, leaving many to believe that stores like Cannabis Culture were specifically targeted due to their popularity and open stance against marijuana enforcement by the police. As it currently stands, only 7 cases will go to trial in Superior Court, with two moving forward in provincial courts. Only a handful of the cases pending have not been assigned court dates. The failure to prosecute has to lead one to ask if the entire operation was legal in the first place, and if prosecutions were the ultimate goal, as opposed to simply interrupting the business’ ability to operate.
Davie is a long time cannabis professional who has worked not only as a cultivator but in all aspects of retail cannabis. From budtender, to wholesale and retail management, and from harvester to advanced hydroponic specialist, Davie has been around the block more than once. Now residing in beautiful British Columbia, Davie now works with acres of greenhouses, producing some of the best buds in the country.