Toronto in a haze over medical marijuana dispensaries

Toronto lawmakers watching medical marijuana shops pop up “like crocuses in spring” are hoping for signals from Ottawa on how to deal with the onslaught.

“We need a sign from the federal government — are they going to change the rules around medical marijuana? Should we as council be trying to close these clinics altogether or make new rules around where they can go, how close they can be to each other?” asked Councillor Paula Fletcher.

“We’ve been caught by surprise by the proliferation of these shops. People don’t like to wake up and find they live in one big marijuana dispensary and I don’t blame them.”

Star reporters last week visited dispensaries where clients are required to show a prescription and others where a conversation with a “health professional” is enough to walk out with a bag of pot.

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