How Toronto Police Mislead City Council On Vapor Lounges

Toronto Police Service have boldly lied to city council regarding my Yonge and Dundas Square encounter this summer in their report on vapour lounges. Little surprised I made the report, but Staff Inspector Randy Franks writing on Chief William Blair letterhead has shown much contempt for the facts. In the old days prohibitionist misled politicians all the time and this went uncheck, unfortunately for Toronto cop Randy Franks, his lies to council can be held in check.
Here’s what he wrote in his report Licensing and Standards Committee, an individual was using a “bong” at family event at Yonge and Dundas Square. The Toronto police officer must be Dazed and Confused as the movie is rated 14+ and so is the Big Lebowski. Both films have marijuana use, and Dazed and Confused whole premise is ‘70s pot use.
Is Staff Inspector Randy Franks suggesting on police chief letterhead Yonge and Dundas Sqaure was showing AA and in one instance an R rated film to children? If so, the morality unit ought to investigate this horrible crime.
I’m not denying using a bong in public, but I will deny it was a family event.
Inspector Franks writes, “The individual was entitled to use marijuana.” But doesn’t tell council it’s because a judge found the medical marijuana program to have seriously failed Canadians.
It’s a court ordered exemption Toronto Police Service chose to ignore. Inspector Franks writes, “He refused to comply with requests and was arrested under Trespass to Property Act for engaging in prohibited activity.”
Inspector Franks fails to inform council I Toronto Police Service charged me possession of marijuana violating a court order. Possibly because if he did inform council I was charged with possession of marijuana and cops violated a court order it might raise some suspicions and council would ask questions.
Inspector Franks fails to inform council both charges, marijuana possession and Ontario Trespass Act were withdrawn in bail court before lunch. In other words, both the federal and provincial crowns believe Toronto Police Service had no case to lay a charge. Crowns didn’t even wait to read disclosure.
Yet, this is their example of outdoor medicinal marijuana use. An incident where Toronto Police Service violate a court order. I’m responsible for “community disorder” and R v. Mernagh (not mentioned at all in the report), but the officer is responsible for contempt of Toronto City Council.
I called Toronto’s integrity commissioner to figure out where to begin when a deputation is not factual from a city department. Where’s the recourse? Filing a police complaint against the officer(s) and notifying Toronto Police Service board of the efforts by their officer to mislead council.
The issue is before city council on October 30. Plans are underway for a Toronto Hash Mob cannabis filled press conference Tuesday, Oct. 30, 4:20pm at City Hall.


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Matt Mernagh

Matt Mernagh is author of Marijuana Smoker's Guidebook The Easy Way To Identify and Enjoy Marijuana Strains ( by Green Candy Press and hosts a weekly weedy webcast The Menahuana Zone on Pot.TV every Tuesday. The Mernagh Ruling is a test case of Canada's cannabis laws and was spearheaded by Mernagh, lawyer Paul Lewin and 22 witnesses from across Canada.



  1. Anonymous on

    I don’t doubt that the police stretched some facts and outright lied about others. But as much as you are an important face and case for the movement, you’re also held to basics like readability, and frankly this is barely readable.

    If you’ve got an opportunity, please consider re-evaluating this article and revisiting it. I think there are important thoughts and observations, and it wouldn’t hurt with an introduction about who you are to people who might not be aware. Not everybody reads MMJ/Legalization articles and hearing about your unique situation would set up some context for the reader to understand.

    I wish you well, Matt. We’re all very excited about your case and we truly wish for the best. We build on each other.

  2. Anonymous on

    I agree. I can’t even tell what the author is trying to say throughout half the article. It’s not that it’s embarrassing, it just gives me a headache and leaves me with missing information.

  3. Anonymous on

    Oh yeah, you can smoke deadly cancerous material around children without the bat of an eye. You light up a harmless joint or bong and you’re public enemy number one. Whoever sides with the TPS on this issue obviously has no concept of human rights. I don’t care if this was a public viewing of Harry Potter, Matt should not of been harrassed for his legitimate right to medicate.

  4. Anonymous on

    Here’s the thing, cannabis prohibition is a human rights violation. The laws were in acted without due process and have been kept in place using nothing but pure rhetoric. Frankly, the courts should have ruled this illegal law defunct by now, but continue to stall because they feel that it should be the government’s role. This is ridiculous! Tens of thousands of people are suffering for absolutely no good reason, and huge amounts of electricity are being wasted because we cannot grow outdoors and store a year’s supply in dried form. There is no reason that cannabis should have much or any cash value, however, it is its economic potential that really gets under the cops’ skin. Why would anybody care that people are being social and non-violent anyways? You’re media doesn’t show much of it, but look into how many countries around the world are repealing their ridiculous laws. Spain and Brazil come to mind immediately. By the way, I dare you to look into the way that tobacco products are processed and sold to you under federal law. Its disgusting!

  5. Anonymous on

    I watched the video of you getting arrested, and I know you have a court order exemption, but I mean your smoking it in public and clearly there are little kids running around in the back ground. You need to be respectful to the rest of the community around you, and it doesn’t look good when you and your friends are just smoking it in front of everyone in plain sight. You gotta admit that you and your friends look pretty sketchy in that video, its all about public perception and you guys just dont look good…so of course the TPS are gonna do something about. You ask the cops if they know who you are, and of course they dont…I dont think the entire TPS is gonna get briefed about you…you gotta remember your just one person in a population of over 2 million people. Have a few toots at home, go out, do whatever you need to do, but you walk around like your shit doesn’t stink, and thats whats going to create more problems for you.

  6. Anonymous on

    This guy is a Troll For Sure.

    Power To YOU Matt!

  7. Anonymous on

    Seriously, it’s your friend. This copy is a jumbled mess. If you’re going to stand up for a cause, try not to make us all look bad by appearing illiterate. Get someone to help with it if you can’t proofread your own copy effectively.