Illegal dispensary address linked to cannabis retail lottery winner


It is a familiar address each to downtown cannabis enthusiasts and city law enforcement — and it could be residence to a legal cannabis retail outlet.

104 Harbord St., positioned just west of Spadina Ave. and blocks away from the University of Toronto, is the address of a single of 13 Toronto-region winners of the most up-to-date Alcohol and Gaming Commision of Ontario (AGCO) retail cannabis retailer lottery — deciding on 43 out of practically five,000 entrants hoping to apply for provincial permission to enter Ontario’s expanding legal retail cannabis market place.

That address is also residence to a shuttered CAFE Dispensary place — a notorious chain of illegal cannabis shops that have defied efforts by each police and the city to shut them down.

The applicant, listed on the AGCO’s site as 11180673 Canada Inc., has till Aug. 28 to apply to turn into a licensed cannabis retailer.

Final month, city crews sealed the entrances of 4 CAFE places with two,000-kilogram concrete blocks as element of efforts to lastly close down the resilient illicit retailer.

Heavy gear quickly arrived at two of the shuttered CAFE retailers — 932 Bloor St. W. and 104 Harbord St.

When police thwarted efforts to get rid of the blocks on Bloor, workers managed to re-open the Harbord place till the barriers have been replaced overnight by city crews.

That prompted employees to set up shop on the sidewalk with iPads and debit machines.

Police responded by laying charges and seizing each weed and retail gear.

Winning the lottery is no assure of a prosperous application.

Jesse Robichaud, spokesman for the ministry of the lawyer basic,  told the Sun applicants have to satisfy strict eligibility specifications outlined in the Cannabis Licence Act.

“The Act precludes licences from getting issued to any one with ties to organized crime, or who has been charged or convicted for contravening the Cannabis Manage Act, 2017 or for the illegal sale of cannabis just after October 17, 2018,” he mentioned.

“In addition, licences will not be issued to any one for whom there are affordable grounds to think will not act with integrity, honesty or in the public interest.”

Pry bars sit in the forks of a hired telecarrier forklift outdoors the CAFE pot shop on Bloor St. W. on Thursday, July 18 2019

Bryan Passifiume /

Toronto Sun

Lottery entrants have been expected to pass pre-qualification that integrated securing appropriate retail space and meeting economic specifications.

Incorporated January, 2019, corporate record searches for 11180673 Canada Inc. list a private residence in Stoney Creek as its corporate address, and Robert Heydon as its sole officer.

Heydon, whose Wikipedia web page describes him as a Juno award winning music video and function film producer, did not respond to invitations for comment.

E-mails to CAFE have been also unreturned.

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