Article by Jason Bain, The Peterborough Examiner
It no longer sells marijuana, but Cannabis Culture reopened Saturday to sell drug paraphernalia with an aim of becoming a community hub for pot smokers.
The chain store at 282 George St. N, drew long lineups of recreational and medicinal smokers after opening as a marijuana dispensary in September before being shuttered following a pair of police raids, first on Sept. 15 and then on Sept. 29.
The premise behind opening to sell products such as rolling papers, pipes and bongs is to pay the bills, but more importantly, to ensure the community is aware the location is here to stay, new store manager Eamon Cyr said Monday.
“We do not intend on leaving Peterborough,” he said. “We are here. We are not going anywhere. We want the community to gather and come together to make this work for everybody.”
Those behind the store also want to ramp up its community involvement, including hosting community meetings to discuss advocacy and lay out ways a medicinal dispensary can work. Other municipalities have began to accept dispensaries, he said.
“We want to try to put Peterborough on the map and have this city be a community in which a dispensary is allowed to operate,” Cyr said, adding that another aim is to dispel the myth that the store opened only to exploit. “We do care about the community.”