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BREAKING: Toronto's CALM Compassion Club Raided

by kristen.wscr » Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:01 pm

Press Release fro CALM:
Wednesday, March 31
At approximately 3 p.m. this afternoon, 51 Division officers raided a medical cannabis resource and support centre. C.A.L.M. has provided support for patients with debilitating illnesses that range from AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and MS for years. The police arrested 9 individuals found on site and confiscated their medication. The Queen St. location was targeted despite the fact that all individuals in question had federal licenses to possess, store and/or cultivate medical cannabis.

By Jeremiah Vandermeer, Cannabis Culture - Wednesday, March 31 2010
CANNABIS CULTURE - A Toronto location of Cannabis As Living Medicine (C.A.L.M.) was raided by police at about 3pm today, according to trusted sources in the area.

"We know so far that over the last hour police are all over the Queens St. location," Chris Goodwin, manager of Toronto's Vapor Central, told Cannabis Culture after the raid started. "They're in the alleys, in the building - a patient that tried to go in was told it was being raided and under police control, and that he couldn't get his medicine there. Some of the cops were saying rude comments."

Goodwin said that many of C.A.L.M.'s staff members have been arrested. "It was check day, so all staff were in, and they had the most product as today is the busiest day," he said.

C.A.L.M. is one of the oldest medical cannabis clubs in Canada, established in 1996. C.A.L.M.'s website states that the organization is a "peer-run organization that provides almost 2,000 Canadians living with severe or chronic illnesses with safe and continuous access to medicinal cannabis in a safe empowering environment. [...] Currently, C.A.L.M. is a superior dispenser of medical cannabis that functions like a wellness centre. C.A.L.M. is open seven days a week in order to provide clients with consistent and reliable access to medical cannabis."

UPDATE: Release issued to CALM members


Earlier this afternoon our downtown location was raided. Although we are still piecing together the information, at this time we are temporarily closed. We will hopefully be resuming our services in the coming days so please check this forum regularly for further information.

We may be organizing a pro-CALM community gathering in the coming week, your attendance would mean a lot to everyone and the medical cannabis community as a whole.

We thank you for your concern and appreciate your continued support. If we stand together nobody can take our club away from us.
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