While the remaining marijuana dispensaries around Toronto are dealing with the city’s latest efforts to shutter their business, the Prime Minister has spoken out against the stores operating illegally.
“People are right now breaking the law,” Justin Trudeau told the Toronto Star’s editorial board Friday.
“We haven’t changed the laws. We haven’t legalized it yet. Yes, we got a clear mandate to do that. We’ve said we will. We’ve said we’re going to do it to protect our kids and to keep the money out of the pockets of criminals.”
New laws around marijuana are expected to be unveiled at some point in 2017. Until then, Trudeau stresses that “the current prohibition stands.”
Roughly 43 dispensaries are still operating in Toronto following a series of raids and crack downs that began in May of 2016.