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    Medicinal marijuana center busted in Toronto

    A Toronto medical marijuana establishment was raided last week resulting in the arrest of nine people for drug trafficking.

    Toronto, Canada - According to Constable Tony Vella of Toronto Police, a search warrant was executed at 106 Queen Street East, Cannabis As Living Medicine, also known as C.A.L.M.

    Employees of C.A.L.M. were involved in the sale of marijuana and hashish. Police seized 16,589 grams of marijuana (37 pounds) , 1940 grams of hashish (4.3 pounds) , 207 grams of hash oil (7.4 ounces), a large quantity of hash cookies, hash lollipops and hash butter and $31,000 in proceeds of crime. It is estimated that the value of the drugs seized was $210,000.

    Neev Tapiero, 38, of Toronto was charged with two counts of Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, two counts of Possession of Hashish for the Purpose of Trafficking, five counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule II for the purpose of Trafficking, Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, and Possession of Proceeds of Crime.

    Eight others were arrested for various trafficking and possession charges.
    C.A.L.M. is open Monday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m. It is Toronto's longest running compassion club.

    According to the C.A.L.M. website "a review of the situation (and the security feed) has revealed an unnecessary use of force and several other constitutional violations."

    A post on the site's website said that the police targeted medical cannabis patients.

    "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."

    KJ Mullins
    April 07 2010

    security camera video footage of the raid uploaded to File Archives


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