Toronto’s attempts to prevent unlicensed dispensaries from operating by blocking their doors and windows with stacks of 4,000-pound concrete blocks cost more than $360,000.
CBC Toronto, Now Toronto, The Star,
- The $361,459.49 total, paid for out of provincial funds, consisted of the cost of the blocks and equipment with which to move them, as well as the labour of structural engineers, city workers, and on-site security.
- In some cases the blocks needed to be installed multiple times as dispensary supporters procured heavy equipment to remove them.
- The blocks—which eventually got their own Twitter account—didn’t stop dispensaries from operating, as some simply sold REC on the sidewalk outside. Even today, many of the dispensaries decorated with cement blocks last summer are still in operation.