Forget dispensaries, focus on armed drug dealers

They had bag loads of marijuana lollipops, cannabis-infused chocolate — and lots of confiscated weed — from pot shops.

But what they didn’t have were weapons: Guns, knives, swords and brass knuckles.

Those are reserved for the other kind of dope dealer — ones in alleys who don’t pay rent.

“(Toronto Mayor) John Tory knows perfectly well that shutting these dispensaries down will force countless medical marijuana users, many of them veterans, back into the arms of dealers,” said Russell Barth, known as the Angriest Pothead in Canada. “I am so glad, as, must be, the taxpayers, to know that all the other crimes in the Greater Toronto Area have been solved. The mayor and chief of police should resign immediately.”

I don’t think they should resign. But it’s not lost on me that just last week, Chief Mark Saunders was shooting down the spiking homicide rate, calling Toronto the safest city in North America. Yet, on Friday, the chief was saying he had to close down store-front pot shops with no weapons in the interest of public safety.

Earlier this month, Tory, also a member of the police services board, wrote in a letter to city bylaw officials: “I would ask that you employ, in conjunction with the Toronto Police Service, whatever enforcement mechanisms are currently available to you to address the health and safety concerns of neighbours and businesses in the communities where these marijuana dispensaries are currently operating unlawfully.”

I guess they got the message.

It says right in Section 31 (4) of the Police Act that “the board will not direct the chief of police with respect to specific operational decisions or with respect to the day-to-day operation of the police force” so it just must have been a coincidence 60 officers closed down store fronts with no guns while the gangs run wild killing pregnant mothers or randomly shooting people out for bike rides.

Tory told me his wording was not intended to direct action but to garner a report. I have already had lawyers hint he will be called to testify when their clients go to trial.

Of course, the guy with the biggest problem is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who is going to have to explain to the marijuana community that helped him win a majority government how they don’t seem to be a partner in the new legalization plans. Instead, they’re on the sidelines and in handcuffs while government and big business are setting up a system to legally corner the market.

Toronto Police acted professionally. Hopefully, Tory’s next letter encourages whatever law enforcement mechanisms are available to shut down the actual organized drug-dealing gangs whose members have weapons.


Great to see former prime minister Stephen Harper speak at the Conservative convention. The greatest prime minister ever. Such class. Such integrity.

But that party has a lot of issues internally following its defeat to Trudeau’s Liberals. Some feel moving the party more to the political centre is a mistake.

In fact, a release from the 148,000-member Institute for Canadian Values (ICV) was asking “delegates to reject Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown’s promises to liberalize the federal Conservative Party.”

President Charles McVety said: “Canadians are sick and tired of politicians saying one thing and doing the opposite. After receiving support of conservative voters, so many leaders betray their supporters and adopt liberal policies.”

Issues of same-sex marriage, assisted dying and climate change are the kinds of things the ICV wants to see our leaders deal with in a more socially-conservative manner while Brown is one who wants to “modernize.” He has not yet commented.

McVety said “the folly of becoming a liberal light party is it leads to complete and utter failure at the ballot box.”

He added: “Brian Mulroney ushered in open abortion and massive taxation called GST,” leading his Progressive Conservative government to “plummet from 211 seats to two.”

He added that “Ernie Eves, John Tory and Tim Hudak liberalizing the Ontario PC party lost four elections in a row.”

Jim Prentice “tried liberal light on Alberta and for the first time in history, the Conservatives lost.”

Trouble in Conservative paradise? Maybe Harper should come back to unite people!


Buffalo Police did an incredible job in putting a suspect in the gutless Anchor Bar shooting behind bars.

Kudos to Toronto Police Const. Rondi Craig and OPP Sgt. Kathy McCormack for helping with that.

Buffalo Police arrested Jorge L. Suarez on a parole violation as they investigated the shooting murder of Freddie Dizon. The last people the dying Dizon talked with were the two Ontario coppers, who retrieved a name from him before he bled out.

That police have a great lead is a testament to the bravery of a dying man and the professionalism of two great Canadian cops.

Wild week.

We don’t always agree on everything. But we do agree there are too few warm weekends.


Scrawler out.

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