Canada: Medical Marijuana Club Fears Intimidation after Home Invasion

March 16, 2010 – The co-founder of a Montreal-area medical marijuana club says he worries criminal elements are trying to shut down his operation after he was the victim of a home invasion early Tuesday.

At around 12:30 am, two men forced their way into Gary Webber’s Dorval home. Webber and a friend were at home at the time.

Once inside the house de l’Église Street, the men hit Webber’s friend on the head with the butt of a gun before tying both men up, Montreal police said. The intruders told Webber they knew him and demanded he turn over his keys to the marijuana club, police said.

Webber, who is the co-founder of the Culture 420 Compassion Club in Lachine, said the men also ordered him to shut down the not-for-profit organization, which he said serves only clients who have permits to use medical marijuana.

“I guess last night’s attack was somebody trying to give us a warning,” said Webber, who helped open the club just two months ago. “We were told they were unhappy with the fact we were operating a business in Lachine.”

The men also stole a laptop, Webber said.

‘We have a mission’

Webber said he was saddened by the home invasion, but acknowledged the culprits may be people who have visited the club.

“It is really unfortunate, because they’re not at all stealing from me — they are stealing from the poor people that need [the marijuana],” he said.

One purpose of the club is to provide safe access to marijuana, so people who use it for medical reasons ” don’t have to go to parks and that sort of thing” to buy it.”

Webber, who uses medical marijuana himself to treat chronic pain, said he won’t be intimidated.

“We’re not going to stop what we’re doing. We feel we have a mission and a duty to do what we’re doing.”

So far, Webber said, there have been no problems at the club itself, adding there is always security on hand.

The thieves also stole a laptop, Webber said.

It is too soon to speculate on a motive for the break-in, said Montreal police Const. Daniel Lacoursière. He said the operators of the marijuana club have been advised to change the locks.

The intruders are described as two men in their late 20s or early 30s.  Source.

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