Toronto police raided a popular downtown coffee house frequented by medical marijuana users and other cannabis-smoking patrons.
More than a dozen officers converged on Kindred Cafe, on Breadalbane St., near Yonge St. and Wellesley Ave., about 7 p.m. Thursday.
Two people were taken into custody and four others were issued summonses for trafficking and possession of marijuana before police began removing furniture, electronic equipment, coffee machines and paraphernalia used to smoke.
A group of activists gathered outside as police loaded a five-tonne truck and carted away many of the cafe's contents.
The three-storey building has a restaurant on the main floor, lounges on the second floor and a rooftop patio with propane heaters and a canopy where patrons can legally smoke outside. It has been in business since 2000 and sells free-trade coffee beans and pastries, some allegedly laced with cannabis.
"They don't sell any cannabis in this establishment," said an angry Matt Mernaugh, an activist and registered medical marijuana user, who arrived as the police raid was underway.
He was searched by officers and turned away.
"This is just a place for people who use medical marijuana to socialize," he added.
Nov 20, 2008 10:43 PM