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Toronto marijuana dispensary raided after media interview about how it's 'totally illegal'

Raid comes on the heels of owners' interview with VICE.

A screenshot from the VICE video shot at Toronto's Good Weeds Lounge, before it was raided by police.

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A screenshot from the VICE video shot at Toronto's Good Weeds Lounge, before it was raided by police.

Toronto police raided a marijuana lounge on the Danforth Thursday, a little more than a week after its owners were featured in a media interview that touted their business as “totally illegal.”

Chris and Erin Goodwin, operators of the Good Weeds Lounge, have been charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, relating to marijuana and cannabis resin, plus possession of the proceeds of crime. Erin Goodwin was also charged with simple possession.

The investigation was sparked by “community complaints,” Const. Caroline de Kloet told Metro.

On Jan. 12, VICE published a story on the Goodwins' business, explaining that Good Weeds is different than other dispensaries that have popped up in the city because it doesn’t require customers to have a medical marijuana license.

"It's totally illegal," the reporter explains.

In an interview, the reporter asks Chris Goodwin if he’s afraid of being shut down.

“I have been doing this a long time, and I have complete confidence in what we’re doing. I’ve thought this through endlessly,” he responds. “But I can see how someone looking in from the outside might be a bit fearful.”

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