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Police descend on east-end head shop

  1. Euphoric
    http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Co...geid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1161814692905

    Police descend on east-end head shop
    Oct. 26, 2006. 12:32 AM

    Toronto police raided a drug paraphernalia shop associated with a group advocating the use of medical marijuana Wednesday night, arresting more than 20 people and seizing pot, hash and cannabis plants. The G13 Shop, a three-storey house on Queen St. E. near Woodbine Ave., became the subject of a police investigation about a month ago after Beach area residents and businesses began complaining about disorderly conduct.
    Police charged about 10 people with trafficking drugs and the rest for possession, drug squad Det. Sgt. Larry Cowley said.
    He said they also seized about five pounds of pot and hash as well as about 75 marijuana plants, adding more accurate numbers would be available soon.
    Named after a strain of marijuana that, according to the shop’s website, is known for prolonged strong effects without inducing paranoia, the G13 Shop advocates for the medical use of cannabis, which the website says “has been misrepresented by the government through prohibition and propaganda.”
    The website says the shop’s purpose is to educate people about “how organic growing methods can improve your health.”
    According to the website and a sign on the front of the building, the G13 Shop is associated with the Toronto chapter of the Assembly of the Church of the Universe, which was voted the city’s “best house of worship” by an annual reader poll in the current issue of NOW Magazine.
    The “church” is housed in the basement of Trinity St. Paul’s Church on Bloor St. W. north of Spadina Ave. and claims the Old Testament gives proof that cannabis was an ingredient in holy oil from the time of Exodus.
    NOW says perspective parishioners shoudn't expect to be zoned out on special brownies at the church and quotes Rev. Brother Bruce as saying: “We want to be sure people are actually true of heart.”

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  1. Euphoric
    http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/Co...geid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1161857001465
    Follow-up article:

    23 people face 205 drug charges
    Oct. 26, 2006. 03:40 PM

    Police have arrested 23 people on 205 drug-related charges as the result of a raid on an alleged marijuana trafficking operation in the Beaches area of the city last night. Police said they raided a drug paraphernalia shop called the G13 Shop, a three-storey house at 1905 Queen St. E. near Woodbine Ave., after a month-long undercover investigation.
    Executing a search warrant, police seized 4,500 grams of marijuana, 151 marijuana plants and 1,00 grams of hashish and hash oil valued at almost $300,000.
    Police said they also found growing equipment, drug smoking paraphernalia and almost $6,500 in cash.
    It is alleged that the store, owned by the G13 Beaches Mission of God Assembly of the Church of the Universe, sold marijuana and drug paraphernalia to its paid members, police said.
    There was also a smoking lounge for members on the premises, they added.
    One of the men arrested had a permit for personal medical marijuana use from Health Canada.
    But police maintain that the man was trafficking the drug and had large amounts in his possession that exceeded the permit.
    Police were first alerted to the store after Beach-area residents and businesses complained about disorderly conduct at the store.
    The G13 store, named after a strain of marijuana, advocated for the medical use of cannabis, which its website says “has been misrepresented by the government through prohibition and propaganda.”
    According to the website and a sign on the front of the building, the G13 Shop is associated with the Toronto chapter of the Assembly of the Church of the Universe, which was voted the city’s “Best House of Worship” by an annual reader poll in the current issue of NOW Magazine.
    In last night's raid, police arrested 11 people on 193 drug-trafficking charges. They also arrested 12 people, who allegedly purchased marijuana at the store, on drug charges.
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