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Owner Back In Custody After Pot Cafe Reopens, Bail Condition Violated.

By admin | September 17, 2004

CanWest News Service.

Carol Gwilt, owner of the controversial Vancouver cafe that’s doing brisk sales in marijuana, was released Thursday afternoon on a charge of breaching her bail conditions.

Gwilt, owner of Da Kine Food and Beverage, was arrested without incident in a vehicle Thursday and taken into custody. She will appear in provincial court Friday, said Const. Sarah Bloor, spokeswomen for the Vancouver Police Department.

Da Kine caught the attention of police after media reports of over-the-counter sales of marijuana. Police raided the shop Sept. 9 and arrested Gwilt and seven employees on charges of possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. Gwilt was also charged with possessing proceeds from a crime.

After spending a night in jail, she and the others were released from custody, pending a further appearance Oct. 6, on condition they stay away from marijuana or any premises, automobile, or person where marijuana is present.

At the time, provincial court Judge William Kitchen remarked it was “silly” for them to remain in custody and added that marijuana-related cases were “not the most dangerous offences.”

However, Kitchen warned they could go to jail if caught again.

Gwilt was back at Da Kine soon after her release and vowed that her business would remain open and continue selling marijuana to people who use it for medical purposes. Bloor said Thursday the file on Da Kine is still active. “There are still drug trafficking activities inside the cafe,” she said.

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