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Sunshine Coast Compassion Club to shut down

By Hempology | August 31, 2002

The Sunshine Coast Compassion Club, located in Gibsons, British Columbia, was raided by RCMP on August 23.

Before opening over a year ago, Kirkman atended local community policing meetings, informing
RCMP and community leaders of her plans for a local Compassion Club. At those meetings, RCMP
Staff Sergeant Ed Hill told Kirkman that police would “give her a call” before launching any
raids. But Sergeant Hill retired in the spring, and now the RCMP in Gibsons is headed by
administration from the nearby city of Sechelt.

Kirkman re-opened after the first raid, announcing on her website that she would continue
to serve her 70 members on the coast and across Canada. “We’ve been busted, but we’re still
open!” she proclaimed, continuing to offer med-pot for sale in person and via mail-order
within Canada.

Constable Kim Hall, one of the arresting officers, returned to the club on August 30,
brandishing a print-out of the club’s website. “We know about your website,” Hall told
Kirkman. “If you continue to conduct illegal activities from this location we will arrest
you and put you in jail this time. We’ll hold you two months until your court date on
October 22nd.”

“I have no choice but to shut down the club,” said Kirkman. “If I didn’t have a two-month
old baby I’d be more willing to risk a jail term.”

Anyone who supports medical marijuana should call or email the
Sechelt RCMP and politely ask them not to harass the Sunshine Coast Compassion Club.

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