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Drug charges against volunteers stayed


TORONTO, May 3 (UPI) -- Trafficking charges against volunteer workers at a Toronto medical marijuana club have been stayed, although its owner still faces charges, authorities said.

The eight staff members worked at a "compassion club" selling medical marijuana to patients with chronic diseases including HIV, the Toronto Star reported Monday.

A lawyer for the eight called it the right decision.

"This is a big win for the cause," attorney Ron Marzel said. "It's also the right thing to do. If the government takes issue with a compassion club they should have that fight with (owner) Neev (Tapiero)."

Tapiero, who still faces trafficking charges, says he is confident of his case and the stayed charges show the government's case is weak, the Star reported.

Authorities raided the club in March, in what Marzel called an "appalling" police action.

"Organizations like this have existed for a long time. It's not a surprise to the police force that these organizations exist," Marzel said. "This is a totally inappropriate response."


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