April 1, 2019 5:51 pm
Updated: April 2, 2019 8:55 am

Hamilton is Premier Doug Ford’s ‘biggest frustration’ when it comes to cannabis

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said on Monday his "biggest frustration" is communities that allow illegal cannabis shops to continue to operate and called on those communities to shot down the illegal businesses and fine landlords.


Ontario’s Premier has called Hamilton his “biggest frustration.”.

Doug Ford on the same day that a handful of legal marijuana shops opened up across the province was venting over the continued operation of illegal marijuana stores.

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Ford stated that Hamilton “last time I checked, they had 50 some odd pot stores out there, who’s doing anything about it?”

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The premier went on to ask, “why aren’t you closing these illegal pot shops down?” saying “it drives me absolutely crazy.”

READ MORE: More Hamilton cannabis dispensaries shutting down voluntarily: police

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger says that the actual, current number of illegal marijuana dispensaries in the city is twelve, down from a high of approximately 80 at one point last year.

Eisenberger stresses that police have been actively working to combat the black market, shutting down 29 illegal dispensaries since marijuana became legal last October, while many others have shut down voluntarily.

READ MORE: Crackdown continues against illegal cannabis stores in Hamilton

Two legal cannabis dispensaries are expected to open later this month in Hamilton, one in Dundas and the other in the city’s east end at the Centre on Barton.

READ MORE: Legal cannabis store proposed for Dundas

In regards to Ford’s comments, Eisenberger adds that “this is a big province and there’s lot of issues happening”, so “I’ll give him a pass on not having the latest information.”


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