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Canada: Marijuana Smoke-In Planned For City's Police Headquarters

Jacob Redmond

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They'll be smoking pot Monday morning at Winnipeg's police headquarters.

Local medical marijuana advocate Steven Stairs has organized a smoke-in at the Public Safety Building at 11 a.m.

It's a protest against the attempt by police to close the city's only medical marijuana dispensary. Last week, Glenn Price, the owner of Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters, said police showed up at his Main Street shop and asked him to stop selling cannabis, citing pressure from Health Canada to crack down on marijuana dispensaries.

Stairs is hoping the smoke-in will encourage "a discussion with city leaders as well as the chief of police to bring us all to the table and have an open discussion regarding community needs as well as patient needs."

He said the 225 people who depend on the dispensary shouldn't be harassed by police.

Price has refused to shut his doors despite concerns that police may arrest him.

"If they do, well, I'll be a martyr for this - to bring education and awareness that there should be alternative medicine," he recently told CBC News.

Stairs posted the following message on his Social Media* page:

"Don't forget to come out and support Winnipegs' only dispensary! 11am in front of the Public Safety Building on Princess Ave. We are asking all patients and supporters to come out and show the Winnipeg Police Service that we will not stand for heavy handed police intimidation tactics!

24 hours after the "smoke in" we will meet at the dispensary on Main st and form a human patients chain in front of the store to show police that if they still continue to bother Glenn and his employees/family/patients .... They will have to break through a peaceful wall of sick people to do so!

SHAME ON THE POLICE FOR DOING THIS.

We have started the fight to have dispensaries regulated in Winnipeg, we must be victorious and stand up for a patients access to medicine, no matter what that medicine is!"


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