Winnipeg Marijuana Advocate Arrested as Legalization Date Approaches

Article by Jessica Botelho-Urbanski, Metro News

Eddy Barahona and a friend were arrested and charged with possession and trafficking at a medical marijuana lounge Saturday. Eddy Barahona volunteers at Vapes Off Main, a medical marijuana lounge that police labelled a grow-op Sunday.

As news leaked Sunday of the federal government’s plans to table legislation legalizing marijuana by next summer, Eddy Barahona was emerging from a night spent in jail after being arrested and charged with pot-related offences.

“I don’t understand how we can arrest people for practising with medicine or why we’re still putting people in jail for something that’s going to be legalized in a matter of time,” he said in an interview Monday.

Barahona was rubbing his eyes, which still stung from being pepper-sprayed over the weekend, during an interview Monday at Vapes Off Main.

He volunteers at the medical marijuana lounge and resource centre on St. Mary’s Rd., which he said was robbed by four masked men on Saturday night.

“One of them had a machete and put it to my face after he pepper sprayed me,” Barahona said.

After he punched one of the robbers and ran out the back door, Barahona said he called police.

When they arrived minutes later, Barahona said the tables were turned — him and a friend were arrested for having 10 marijuana plants and 10 vials of cannabidiol oils on site. The robbers got away unscathed.

Barahona said he and his friend spent Saturday night in jail and were released Sunday.

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