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Two arrested after Good Weeds marijuana 'bar' raided by police

Last Updated Jan 22, 2016 at 9:24 pm EDT

A man and a woman were arrested Thursday as police raided an east-end Toronto weed bar.

Good Weeds, on Danforth Avenue near Jones Avenue, is a place where customers can not only buy marijuana, but they can also bring their own, and use it on the premises.

Just last week, the owner of Good Weeds confirmed to VICE that he was openly selling dabs (high potency cannabis extracts), bong hits, and other marijuana products, despite it being illegal.

“We elected a Liberal government that’s moving toward legalizing recreational cannabis, and we take that announcement to mean that it’s here now,” co-owner Dan Briere said just 10 days before the raid.

Except it’s not.

The drug squad raided the former Paradise Bar on Thursday because of a complaint, Toronto police said.

Erin Goodwin and Christopher Goodwin were taken into custody. Both have been charged with possession for the purpose of marijuana, possession for the purpose cannabis resin, and possession of proceeds of crime.

Erin Goodwin faces the additional charge of marijuana possession.

A second article on Vice says that police referenced Vice magazine during the raid.

A man who was present during the raid said he heard police tell Chris Goodwin, “You said it’s illegal on the VICE video.”

Good Weeds is now papered over.

The VICE article identifies Chris and Erin Goodwin as co-owners, with Briere, of Good Weeds.

There has been an outpouring of support on the Goodwins’ Facebook pages, with commenters saying Good Weeds “provided a much-needed service to the community.”

Other messages called for the legalization of marijuana and referred to the pair as “activists.”

Erin and Chris Goodwin are set to appear in court on Friday.