May 26, 2014 7:37 pm

Medical marijuana users gather at Winnipeg café

Medical marijuana users at Vapes cafe on Main St. in Winnipeg on Monday, May 26, 2014

Chris Stanton/Global News

WINNIPEG  - Winnipeg has its first lounge for users of medical marijuana, thanks to a former Winnipeg police officer.

Vapes, on the 1400 block of Main Street, opened earlier this month as a free meeting place for users of medical marijuana.

Its director is Bill Vandergraaf, a former Winnipeg cop and medical marijuana user who has been a vocal critic of drug laws.

“It’s a growing community. Although there are only about 500 licensed users, there are many thousands more in this city using it illegally,” Vandergraaf said Monday. “We’d like to educate and help people who are seeking medical marijuana … advise them on how they may acquire that through their doctors.”

Vapes will offer educational videos and pamphlets on medical marijuana, Vandergraaf said.

Use of marijuana is allowed for those who qualify under Canada’s current Medical Marijuana Access Regulations, but Vandergraaf doesn’t require patrons to show proof that they qualify.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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