In December 2018, City Council voted to allow private Cannabis retailers within the city of Toronto. While the Federal Government has legalized the recreational use of marijuana in Canada, its sale by non-licensed, non-medical vendors remains illegal. Operating, or working for, an illegal dispensary can result in arrest and charges including possession and drug trafficking.

There are two legal cannabis storefronts in Ward 13, Toronto Centre:

  • Canna Cabana Toronto, 435(B) Yonge Street
  • Tokyo Smoke, 333 Yonge

Residents concerned about unsafe or illegal activities taking place in or near a dispensary are encouraged to contact the Toronto Police. Where the safety of people or property are at risk, call 911. For non-emergency situations that require the attention of police, you can reach the non-emergency dispatcher at 416-808-2222 or file a report online. If you wish to remain anonymous, please reach out to Crime Stoppers, or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Toronto's Board of Health has made a number of requests to the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario to decriminalize possession, institute plain packaging rules, limit marketing, regulate edibles, set a minimum age of 19 for purchase, prohibit smoking in public places, and to prohibit the operation of a motor vehicle under the influence.

Cannabis Law & Safety
Government of Ontario resources on recreational cannabis and its health effects.

Cannabis & Your Health
City of Toronto's resources on cannabis laws, health impacts of cannabis use, the information you need to know about child safety, driving, youth and pregnant individuals.


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