Toronto Marijuana Club Raided
Police raided a "compassion club" in Toronto that distributes medical marijuana, arresting four people for distributing the drug, the Toronto Star reported Aug. 14.
"They are not criminals," said Alan Young, the lawyer for the four people arrested. "They were providing medicine to sick people."
More than 1,000 patients obtain marijuana from the Toronto Compassion Centre to help alleviate severe pain from serious illnesses.
"The Toronto police are going to have to live with the repercussions of cutting off the supply of medicine to sick people," said Young.
The four, including the club's owner Warren Hitzig, were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking over a three-month period.
Hitzig is among the group of seven people who recently filed a lawsuit against the federal government over its medical marijuana regulatory system.
The Toronto Compassion Centre has been operating openly for three years. Police would not discuss why they decided to raid the center.