Illegal cannabis franchise reopens one of its locations

The tug of war between the city and an illegal cannabis franchise rages on as one of CAFE’s previously shutdown locations has defied a city order and reopened for business.

Giant concrete blocks have been removed from 1321 St. Clair Ave. W., one of four stores operated by CAFE, or Cannabis and Fine Edibles, which had been shut down by city staff as part of their crackdown on illegal cannabis operators.

Entrances to the other three locations are still blocked.

Customers on Friday filed in and out of the west-end location near St. Clair Ave. W. and Lansdowne Ave. A receptionist checked for ID before a customer could be allowed through the back, where purchases were taking place.

“It’s great that they’re back and running,” said a customer who identified herself as Cassy Holmes, after emerging from the shop. She refused to discuss any purchases, but noted customers like

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