At around 4:20pm on Wednesday, Februrary 19th, 2002 police walked in the door of the Victoria, B.C. branch of the Cannabis Buyers’ Clubs of Canada and started arresting people and stealing medicine.
Both Ryan Fink, the club’s former baker, and Scott Johnstone, the club’s webmaster, have been arrested and taken into custody. The police offered to let them out early if they signed a statement saying that they would not communicate with Leon “Ted” Smith, or enter the premesis at 826 Johnson Street, Victoria, BC. Both refused to sign the agreement and are therefore were held overnight at the Victoria Police Headquarters on Quadra Street.
The police also took paperwork, computer equipment, and an unknown amount of cannabis and cash.
Today, (Thursday, February 20th, 2002), Scott and Ryan will appear before a judge at the Victoria Courthouse on Blanshard Street in Courtroom 101 for their bail and trail arrangement hearings. They will be appearing before court at 2pm. I strongly urge anybody who wishes to help Scott, Ryan, or the Club through this rough spot to show up at the courtroom and stand by our brave friends who have been so unjustly victimized for working hard to help people whose lives depend on the club’s services.
Please show up to the court if you possibly can. If you can think of any other ways to help, send me an email and let me know what you might be able to do.
Director, International Hempology 101 Society
– CBCC website: www.cbc-canada.com