Doug Ford's chief of staff pressed police forces to crack down on illegal cannabis storefronts after legalization - 2019-05-14

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F132.png Doug Ford's chief of staff pressed police forces to crack down on illegal cannabis storefronts after legalization May 14, 2019, Greg McArthur, Globe and Mail

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's chief of staff took multiple steps to urge police forces across the province to launch raids on illegal marijuana storefronts in the weeks after cannabis was legalized, records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show.

Dean French sought daily reports on the number of store owners charged by police and the number of stores shut down, and he instructed staff to send letters to police service boards in an effort to instill "some urgency."

Mr. French also instructed staff in an e-mail to discuss "concerns," which he did not detail, about how justices of the peace, the judicial officials who rule on provincial offences, were treating marijuana-related charges.

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