Quebec Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Raided, Arrests Planned

A police officer can be seen inside the compassion club on St. Laurent boulevard in Montreal. (CBC Photo)A police officer can be seen inside the compassion club on St. Laurent boulevard in Montreal. (CBC Photo)CANNABIS CULTURE – Quebec Police conducted raids on five medical marijuana dispensaries in the province today and are planning at least 25 arrests.

Four dispensaries in Montreal and one is Quebec city were included in the super-raid. Police confirmed the raid and say they will be making arrests.

There has been confirmation of police raids from Montreal Compassion Centre, the oldest dispensary in Quebec, as well as the Montreal Compassion Club and Quebec (City) Compassion Centre.

These followed last months police raids of medical marijuana dispensaries in Toronto and Guelph. Legitimate Dispensaries in Canada use the same strict protocols to ensure only legitimate medical marijuana users access their services.

“These are sick and dying people, patients, whose only relief is from medical marijuana. Why on earth would Quebec police act so callously?” said Jacob Hunter, Policy Director of the Beyond Prohibition Foundation. “Courts have ruled these patients have a right to access medical marijuana; a right Health Canada ignores for hundreds of thousands of Canadians. These dispensaries serve the thousands of patients unable to access Health Canada’s byzantine system, and most importantly, the courts have acknowledged this fact.”

Since Health Canada established its medical marijuana program, four different courts have ruled parts of it unconstitutional for limiting access. In the most recent cases, changed ordered to the number of patients to producers (originally 2:1) and producers to location (originally 3:1) were met by Health Canada with the absolute minimum change possible, 2:1 became 3:1 and 3:1 became 4:1. This consistently bad-faith compliance with court orders on the part of Health Canada is partially why medical marijuana dispensaries have been found to be legal in court.

“It’s unconscionable to force critically and chronically Quebecers onto the streets to obtain medicine and today’s police raids represent yet another gift by police to organized crime in the form of at least 10,000 new customers,” said Kirk Tousaw, Executive Director of the Beyond Prohibition Foundation. “The tragic irony, is that in the name of combating ‘crime’ the police are ensuring that street dealers and those that control them will profit immensely at the expense of the sick and dying. The only saving grace is that S-10, the Conservatives’ mandatory minimum punishment agenda, has not been implemented, because otherwise compassionate caregivers would be facing a mandatory year in a cage for helping these ill and suffering Canadians.”


Medical Marijuana Clubs Raided in Quebec

by CBC

Montreal police are in the process of raiding four clubs that provide marijuana for people who need it for medical purposes. A location in Quebec City is also being raided.

“They just walked in out of nowhere, showed us the paper and said, ‘There’s the warrant,'” said Maria Koklas, a volunteer at the Culture 420 compassion club in Lachine.

“There’s about 15 to 20 cops in here walking around inside the dispensary taking all of our membership IDs, asking them for all their personal information, asking them for their criminal records and letting them know if they don’t have criminal records they will be free to go.”

Police are also carrying out operations at three compassion clubs on the Plateau Mont-Royal.

Some people have complained about having the clubs in their neighbourhoods, while those who run the clubs say they are often hassled by police.

Koklas said police gave no reason for the raid.

Police said there are arrests underway and drugs are being seized. A police spokesperson refused to comment further while the operation was still underway.

Previous problems

The raids come the day after the Lachine compassion club put out a news release alleging that a volunteer was beaten by police “for no apparent reason.” Montreal police have not yet responded to the allegations.

In May, an investigation by the French-language service of the CBC raised questions about the ease with which it is possible to obtain marijuana from compassion clubs.

After explaining that he needed the drug to deal with migraine headaches, a reporter with the Radio-Canada program Enquête was told he would have to provide a doctor’s note or a sworn declaration from a commissioner of oaths.

A staff member suggested the reporter say that he was suffering from chronic pain and directed him to a building down the street.

There, a commissioner of oaths was waiting to sign a declaration, for a $10 fee.

City police raided the Montreal club on Papineau street in 2000. But when the case went to trial, a judge ruled it was unconstitutional to deny people an opportunity to get marijuana after saying they could use the drug for medical reasons.

– Article from CBC News.


Cannabis pharmacy raids abusive, says BCCLA

by The BC Civil Liberties Association

Quebec police shut down three medical cannabis dispensaries, also known as “compassion clubs” today, arresting all staff on site for trafficking. The Quebec closures follow a raid on a compassion club in Nunavut in February, in Toronto at the end of March, and in Guelph in May.

“These national raids have now sent thousands of Canadians to purchase their medicine on the street,” said Micheal Vonn, Policy Director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. “The police by these actions have enriched organize crime, encouraged associated criminal activity, and shut down non-profit organizations dedicated to improving people’s health and wellness. By any standard these raids make no sense at all.”

Compassion clubs have a rigorous approval process for cannabis sales, selling only to those with prescriptions from doctors or letters from physicians confirming chronic conditions that have been demonstrated to benefit from treatment with cannabis, and calling to confirm the authenticity of all documents with issuing physicians. The closed clubs were all at varying stages of actively seeking formal status with Health Canada.

There are ten compassion clubs currently operating in British Columbia. Fourteen U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana. The use and possession of cannabis for medical purposes is legal in Canada for those with licenses from Health Canada.

“Canadian courts have been clear that it is inappropriate for government to force sick Canadians to buy their medicinal cannabis on the street,” said Vonn. “These raids do exactly that. If government can’t bring itself to provide people with the medication they need in a timely and appropriate way, at the very least they shouldn’t harass and prosecute those who do.”

– Article from BC Civil Liberties Association.


Police raid cannabis clubs that supply medicinal pot in Quebec, plan 25 arrests

by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – Police have launched a major anti-pot dragnet in Quebec and say they plan to arrest 25 people for distributing marijuana.

They are conducting raids at five cannabis clubs — better known as compassion clubs — in Montreal and Quebec City.

The organizations supply marijuana, ostensibly as therapeutic treatment for people suffering from certain medical conditions.

A police spokesman says no organized crime gangs are linked to the operations, but they remain illegal nonetheless.

Canada has in fact allowed medical access to marijuana since 2001 but, police say, people who want permission to smoke it must go through Health Canada.

Montreal police say people were just walking into these clubs, claiming to be sick, and getting easy access to pot.

Four of the clubs are in Montreal, and one is in Quebec City.

– Article from The Canadian Press.

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  2. Anonymous on

    just make sure you put air filters around the tobacco smokers too, I’d rather not breathe that crap either

  3. Flor.Boolour on

    IT MAKES ME AND SO MANY OTHER PATIONTS OBSOULTLY ,,SAD AND DEVASTED,,,WHEN U READ How Mr police,,via “Radio,Canada” reporter,,setup ++++”FEW COMPLAIN REPORTS AND TEL CALLS” CARRY OUT SUCH A SAVAGE plot,,,AGAINST WHO ?U raid BY 21 POLICE OFFECER to close AN OFFECE RUN BY MAX 3 YOUNG CARING VOLUNTER,WOWWWWHH!THESE MORANS,,BASHED something the whole fuking world ENVY,,,AND OWE WHEN THEY HERE SUCH A ADVANCED MENTALITY,,,AND DO NOT FORGET COMPASSION TOWARD HUMANITY IN OBSULOTE NEED,,,THEY GO TO FUKING JAIL FOR THEIR BELIVE ,,AND U GO AND ARREST THEM ,,AGAIN AND AGAIN,,,WHAT A BRAVERY???///SUE THEIR ASS TO THE SUPRIME COURT,,BY ALL MEANES.

    REMEBER MAN ,,,U DO NOT HIT SOMEBODY IS ,,ALREADY DAWN,,,PLUS HARRASING THE ONE,,WHO HAD BEEN THERE,,COURAGESLY TO HELP HER,,TO STANDUP. U,,SHORT SIGHTED SIMPLE MIND politza ,who just follow orders and codes blindfoldly,… TO US ,HUMANS WHO ARE SICK ,AND NOW MUST GO @ THE AGE 56 FEMALE,,IN THE STREET TO GET WHAT IS NESSESITY TO SURVIVE WITH DEGNITY,,THIS IS A CRIME,,AGAINST ILL,,,HUMANITY,, NOT,, CLUB COMPASSION. ANY JUDGE ,,,WHO DO NOT SEE THE TRUTH ,,THAT CLEAR ,,,MUST BE JUDGED….PLUS,,U ATTORITES @ THE HEALTH CANADA,,
    GOD PLEASE U DO SOMETHING ,,IN THE MEANWHILE,,,WHERE LAWMAKERS ARE MAKING DECISION ON A EMERGENCY BASE FOR THE PATIONS CHARTS THAT NOW THEY HAVE IT GET THEM AND MAKE A IMEDIATE ACTION,PLEASE.DON’T U SWEAR THAT “SHALL NOT DO HARM”

  4. Crissy Gaidjunas on

    What the bloodclot?????? Everything I read lately about Canad screams the US Government! Used to want to live in Canada, medical freedom, marijuana freedom, beautiful land, good people, have been wanting to go for years! Now it just feels like another extention of the USA! No freedom what so ever! Makes me sad, thought they were alot bigger & stronger than that! Do they want a country silently addicted to pain killers too just so they can get rich from it???? I hope I am wrong. GanjaGirl727

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  6. UncleBob100 on

    From what I recall about the Roszko case… the cops were after him for stolen goods – specifically car parts. The media also reported that people in his town were afraid of him because of his violent/unusual behavior.

  7. Anonymous on

    Urgent message to the Godfather:
    I am sorry to disturb you and I know you are presently on a business trip in Sicily but people in Quebec need your help urgently.As you may know, there is a vast emptiness left since the police raid on medical marijuana stores.We are asking you to help us fill the void.It is risk free, well almost ,since police is too busy picking up on honest citizens this time of year, and for you very lucrative and very good money return on your investment.
    Thank you Don Corleone and expecting news from you soon.

  8. Anonymous on

    Why are there compassion clubs? Is it illegal to put medical marijuana in a normal pharmacy?? If medical marijuana was put in a regular pharmacy it would help to be seen as just another prescription drug and much harder to shut down by police not wanting to be seen raiding a Shoppers drug mart or save on or something like that.

  9. Dale allo on

    I think its a real concern when you have a store above below or around a compassion club and your customers complain about the smell and you have to inhale it all day. they should be installing really nice carbon and air filters so it doesnt affect those around that should be a real givin when operating such a place. lots and lots of air vents and filtrations so as not to pose a nuissance in the area.

  10. Anonymous on

    Sen. Pierre Claude Nolin says users of medicinal marijuana are now forced to find it elsewhere, and the vast majority will wind up getting it from criminal gangs.

    After making the arrests, police themselves declared that the clubs had no connection to criminal gangs.

    “It’s the most disastrous consequence of the whole operation,” Nolin said in an interview.

    “The vast majority will have to look at the black market . . . and the substance on the black market is not exactly the quality substance that are received in the clubs.

    “In the clubs, they are trying to have access to organic cannabis, which is not the case with the black market.”

    He says research suggests there are roughly one million Canadians who say they smoke cannabis for medical purposes, while less than 5,000 such permits have been issued by Health Canada.

    That means, he says, the vast majority will have to find their supply elsewhere.

  11. Anonymous on

    If we only knew the truth behind that. Can’t tell me the cops didn’t break a gazillion laws raiding his farm in the 1st place, and ya can’t tell me that they never killed Roszko either. If that wasn’t the case, then why would a man hell-bent on taking out as many cops as he could shoot himself? Doesn’t make sense. And here’s another question … after the RCMP executed two different searches, one by the Ident Team and one by the Green Team, how did they ALL overlook a restricted weapon in that facility, the very firearm that “supposedly” killed four of their members? The RCMP are liars, murderers, and government-paid henchmen, nothing more than thugs with yellow stripes down their legs (which should run down their backs instead).
    Worst thing about this whole affair? They try to blame it on marijuana. In fact, Peter Sheeman’s family went so far as to enter a pipe store in Edmonton and blame the owners for their son’s death (they said it was pot-smoking people like them that caused their son’s demise, and said that anyone using pot was nothing but low-life scum).

  12. Armed and Dangerous on

    I agree … too many people have been hounded with negative media throughout their lives by the anti-marijuana movement. And another thing, isn’t it a strange occurrence in this country when police recieve these so-called complaints, but they do not have to verify if this is factual information (on their behalf) or not? What’s truly scary is that the cops can obtain a search warranty in Canada on simple, anonymous intel, and we know the dangers of that … how many people have died in Iraq now?

  13. Anonymous on

    Amen … James Roszko 4, RCMP 1. lmfao

  14. Ted Smith on

    http://www.canadamedicalmarijuana.com/grower.html

    It is my fear that people like Luigi are putting the MMAR personal grow licence program at risk. Asking for personal medical information without even giving a contact email or phone number is very sketchy. Some of the clubs that have been busted have been using these licences. Businesses like Luigi’s that take advantage of people desperate enough to sign up complete strangers as designated growers make dispensaries like mine look legitimate.

  15. Steve on

    Having a license from Health Canada guarantees FUCK ALL … except that the cops now have your name and personal information on file and record!!!!!
    Believe me, I held a license for a number of years, and then one day the RCMP showed up at my home, chopped down all my medicine (2 weeks from harvest), all while pressing a 9mm Smith and Wesson against my temple. And when I complained that they (the cops) smashed all my grow equipment, I was threatend by the Cpl. in charge of the raid, in which he stated that it would be the biggest mistake of my life to complain to anyone above his head for my equipment being destroyed. Although I had renewed in a timely fashion, my actual card wasn’t sent to me for 8 months. That said, however, Health Canada did provide paperwork stating that I was still legally entitled to grow, and that I would absolutely have no interference from police harassment … what a bunch of fucking lies that was!!!!!
    My advice … don’t apply for any license from the government because Big Brother is watching (and waiting) to stomp you out. Weed dispenceries are the best thing, because it protects your personal information and you always have a clean, reliable supply of pot without having to go to the streets. Lord knows the government can’t grow marijuana, and the shit they sell ya is priced higher than what any dispenceries charge. So ya, fuck the cops, fuck the government, and go underground!!!!!

  16. Anonymous on

    Why not rent a warehouse, or whatever, and act as the designated grower for a bunch of patients? That’s what Luigi is doing http://www.canadamedicalmarijuana.com/grower.html

    You can’t get busted then, can you? Isn’t it easier to be authorized as a designated grower than to get a distribution license (impossible)? I know, there’s a lot less work involved in retailing. Downside, you go to jail.

  17. Anonymous on

    We need more James Roszko’s in this country … he’s my hero!

  18. Joe on

    Sue the police. Take them a sue the police division the courts are on our side

  19. Anonymous on

    i agree not all compassion clubs are all about the money i work for a club and we work very hard to help out all of our member the best we can and we are not making a ton of money because so much is used to help all of our members and if we help every single one of our members financially every time they got in trouble with the police then we would be broke and unable to help anyone we also try and give our members the best price we can but you must remember that there are bills that need to be paid all this stuff doesnt just happen for free so please before you start saying all clubs are bad and dont care or only care about the money rethink that and remember we are not all the same……

  20. Ted Smith on

    Not all clubs are the same and you are making unfair statements. We sell our cookies for 75 cents and for some people 1/4 of a cookie is enough medicine for 1/2 day. We sell everything else at the lowest price possible. I am not making a fortune because I spend the money on activism as fast as I can or I give a benefit to the members or staff. We need to make a living and have no choice but to pay good money for good herb, too.

    Clubs like mine are trying to help and people like you are far more self-centered than people who work at these clubs. No we are not perfect but people are better off with us than going to the streets. We cannot afford to pay for the legal costs of our members. It is telling that on one hand we charge too much money and on the other hand you want clubs to pay for your legal costs if you get in trouble.

    Sometimes when people get sick they think the world should be providing for their every need, I guess. These clubs should be regulated, yes. That is why we have stores, so we can get these clubs regulated, aka legal.

    Stop working for the police and do something good with your life.

  21. Anonymous on

    l hate to say this Monopoly but your right, it is evident that this is going to happen right across our country.My advice to everyone involved in this area is to get together for a change instead of being so greedy charging so much for pot eatable oil hash etc.All these club owners are making a fortune at the cost of us sick people on assistance. l am sick and tired of hearing how these clubs are helping people when it all comes down to the mighty dollar, so stop the bullshit that us poor people don’t have anywhere to go and find pot. Please grow up,l am a club member and l asked,what if i leave your club and a cop stops me and l get charged with my pot that l just bought here, will you guys help me with a lawyer to fight my charges? The manager said NO that’s your problem after you leave the club?????? So l just went back to my guy and pay the same price on the street that l pay for my pot at the club, your services suck and all you clubs just want our money plain and simple.l wish the MS society would sell pot to me,then, i would love to see the cops bust them.Unity is the only way.This is a political issue..signed Double Standards..

  22. Bad Karma Got Them on

    Ha,ha, next stop Vancouver BC.

  23. ray christl thc ministry on

    when they add your name to the 50,000 SWAT TEAM WARRANTS in the lower 48, and are wild monsters in globally denying the greatest medicine on Earth,HEMP.You are blowing pot smoke to legalize,and still think anonymity can evolve the body politic. YOUR NATION is at STAKE.Remember patriot RICK SIMPSON??? EAST coast must work with WEST coast (CENTER)and strategically plan action that VOTES BUSH- DEA OUT OF CANADA. Muzzle your DOGS because machine guns and SWAT 140 times each and every DAY !!!TEACH THE SLAUGHTER OF PETS ,and DON”T BLOW SMOKE with creates ANIMUS and VENOM.That means they VOTE SWAT,and your afraid to use your NAME.Teach HEMP NUT FOOD HEALTH and how fear divides and controls for evil purpose.

  24. freeballer on

    it’s mind boggling how anybody could complain when this isn’t a dealers house… Its a simple, clean resource for medical marijuana. They have been doing so for years in most cases. Frankly I think the occassions of “neighborhood complaints” are either trumped up or exagerated.

    I wish they’d stop picking on sick people and just go after cartels, dealers, smugglers. That’d make sense! this doesn’t.

    Ps. I understand some people are just thick, or do not understand the issue of mmj. I have family members like that. Its kind of scary!

  25. UncleBob100 on

    That reporter from Radio Canada must be punished as a Liar if that’s the case. Seems like he knowingly made a false statement to a commissioner of oaths. Wonder what the penalty is for that? Personally, I find that kind of journalism belongs to the National Enquirer crowd.