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Re: “Is medical marijuana going to pot?

Thursday, March 21st,2013. THC Club Press Release.

Hello and thank you for your interest in our story.

My name is occassionally known as Sherri Lee Reeve of the French family, originally from Montreal. What may be more commonally known is that I write under the pen name of 420jes for Releaf Magazine based out of Rhode Island, USA. I have become and ardent cannabis activist and patient advocate over the last six years. Since recieving my medical cannabis licence, I have managed my illness with several types of cannabis therapies. I am blessed to say I am the current president of THC Club.

The Halifax Compassionate Club, The Grow-Op Shop Garden Supply, and the private residence of Chris Enns was raided by the Halifax Regional Police Integrated Drug Unit, Wednesday, March 13th, 2013, in Porters Lake, NS.

THC Club Society is a fellowship of licensed and experienced care-givers, patients, cultivators, cannabin researchers, professional advocates and peaceful activists. The Club membership shares the common goal of facilitating safe access to quality, phyto-cannabinoid and other whole-plant therapies, by providing many free and essential services.

THC Club membership is dedicated to exploring health care options the standard medical system ignores. We do this through educational programs such as our bi-weekly cancer clinic, our free cannabis growing classes, personal counselling, and events such as Cannabinoid Theatre and The PEACE EAST Festival. Our precepts are focused on protecting the right to privacy, equal access to health care, and most of all, quality of life. This society is a true non-profit organization. THC Club exists solely for the mutual benefit of the membership and education of the public. These goals are made possible by the warm generosity of our members, friends, and by the amazing efforts of our volunteers.

Occurring on the very same day, a warrant to search 5106 Hwy 7, Porters Lake, and the East Chezzetcook residence, was issued by Justice of the Peace, Debbi Bowes and the raid was led on the Eastern Shore locations by Officer Jamie Payne. The only common denominater between these locations is Chris Enns. Chris is one of two owners of the garden center, below the THC Club. Chris is also the current vice-president of THC Club. With exception the of sharing some clientelle, the two businesses, one for profit and the other not, are otherwise unrelated.

That afternoon, more than twelve officers arrived in dark blue vans and entered these three premises uninvited. The Integrated Drug Unit proceeded to confiscate most of the medicine belonging to several patients, and all of the cash from Chris Enns and the two businesses. Three persons were arrested, charge with violating section 5(2) of The Controlled Substances Act, trafficking for the purpose. All three released on the spot with paperwork instructing them to appear for fingerprints and pleas at a later date. If convicted, the charges would require serving a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison, costing the tax payers more than one hundred and twenty thousand dollars.

We are very happy to say, The Grow-Op Shop, Indoor Garden and Hydroponic Supply store is still open and serving patients and/or their growers. Please continue to drop in and show your support.

THC Club have decided to stop providing certain services at this location because the warrant that refers to this location now authorizes free access to any PEACE OFFICER, at said location, thereafter, and until the case is closed. Our feelings are there is no sense in putting those who are sick in danger of a police enforcement goal. Members are still welcome to their club. We recommend you carry a moderate amount of your medicine on you at all times and carry your possession licence on you, incase this happens to us again.

Retrospectively, as a collective, our final assessment is, our society and its leaders were targets of the most peaceful "no knock raid" that's never been reported in Canada. Members believe the lead investigator, Jamie Payne, deceived our volunteers and posed as patient looking for help. Witnesses state the original, hard copy of Officer Jamie Payne's membership, was searched for by police, discovered in a binder, and torn up by police during the invasion on the club. We are aware of how innocent people are often harmed in these kinds of police operations and are extremely grateful none of our members were physically injured and our dogs were not shot. Obviously, the respect shown to our members and pets is absolutely in-congruent with their intent.  We sympathize with the officers who must be suffering from cognitive dissonance, as a result.

We are perplexed by the HRM's negligence to report this incident to the public. When you visit the HRM Police Department website, it clearly states, "Halifax Regional Police, Police Report - March 13, 2013, No incidents impacting public safety". This reminds us of the police persecution of our fellow Nova Scotian freedom fighter, Rick Simpson, who also provided free meds to the sick... no report issued by authorities.

By carefully considering what the police took and what they left behind and if we were made to guess why this happened, without question, we believe the objective was threefold: to hide evidence pertaining to the leading investigator, to prevent the delivery of the free medicine destined for cancer patients, and to collect the cash at these addresses. We have trouble understanding how these attacks are justified, so we cannot surmise the moral intent of these officers. Obviously, many officers were "just doing their job" and we certainly hope they will consider finding a more righteous volition than attacking patients with chronic illness or a terminal diagnosis.

As a result of this event, we have two great fears. First, that a patient who could be saved with cannabis consumption may die trying to access it. Secondly, that members of our assciation will now be forced to resort to purchasing cannabis from the streets, from disreputable people, and put themselves at harm. If this happens to our members, it will be directly because of this raid and all those involved in terrorizing our fellowship.

We are very grateful no one was hurt. THC Club is the most fortunate recipients of any raid that I have know of. This does not mean we were not frightened and continue to be so, with this warrant hanging over our heads. Ask yourself this, if we were acting dangerously or criminally then why haven't the police bragged about their conquest, and let the public know they are safe from harm, us, the evil doers?

WE hope the HRM Intergrated Drug Unit doesn't see us as trying to provoke them. We are definitely scarred from this incident; many of our members are writing impact statements as we speak. Of course, we hope never to experience an encore performance. Our wish is that the crown is blessed with compassion and sees fit to drop these rediculous charges.

If you are a patient in need of support at this time, we recommend you contact THE MEDICINAL PATIENTS ALLIANCE OF CANADA at www.mcpaccanada.org, or locally find THC CLUB at www.facebook.com/THCClub

Thank you, THC Club

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Posted by dss902 on 03/23/2013 at 12:21 AM

Re: “Is medical marijuana going to pot?

And the The Halifax Compassionate Club gets raided!

"Dispensary services remain suspended due to the raid but the lounge is open and everyone is welcome to come and show their support."


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Posted by dss902 on 03/16/2013 at 1:44 AM

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