Source: Vancouver Province
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Pubdate: Wed 17 Dec 1997 A4
Author: John Colebourn, Staff Reporter
COPS PULL POT PALS OFF TO THE SLAMMER
Two big buds in the fight to legalize marijuana were mellowing out in jail last night after a police raid on a downtown Vancouver potemporium turned ugly.
David Malmo-Levine, a three joint-a-day puffer and Marc Emery, who once travelled to a European trade show with some of B.C.’s finest stashed in his bags, were arrested outside the Cannabis Cafe.
The arrests infuriated about 250 people on the street outside, many ofthem smoking pot.
Hemp B.C. supporter Ryan Keeler, 19, said when things started to getout of hand, police pepper-sprayed the crowd.
And when they took Malmo-Levine away, he said, “they were prettyrough with him.”
Const. Anne Drennan said police moved in after an undercover cop wasoffered a vaporizer to use to smoke pot.
She said police have been watching the operation for months.
She said all hell broke loose after a check was done on Malmo-Levineand it was discovered he was wanted on six outstanding warrants formischief.
When police took him into custody “a fight broke out and it was quitea large fight,” she said.
“One fellow tried to grab an officer’s gun,” she said.
Emery, the owner of the Cannabis Cafe, will likely be charged withassaulting a police officer.
He allegedly spat in an officer’s face, said Drennan.
Emery is also before the courts on trafficking charges in connectionwith a police raid of his store in 1995, when they allegedly found potseeds.
As police were sifting through the store before the altercation brokeout, Emery said he couldn’t understand why police were about toconfiscate items from the operation while his court case is stillongoing.
“We’ll never shut down,” he said. “I though there was anunderstanding marijuana people are not harmful people.”
Customers in the shop when it was busted were surprised.
“I though they were a little more tolerant up here,” said DavidAnderson of California, in B.C. to check out the hemp store.