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Saskatoon marijuana dispensary founder to lead human rights complaint

Drawing inspiration from a medical marijuana user, Mark Hauk said the raid on a Saskatoon dispensary was a violation of human rights. Neil Fisher / Global News

SASKATOON – The man arrested for operating an unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary in Saskatoon has decided to lead a class action complaint under the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. Mark Hauk, founder of the Saskatchewan Compassion Club, said the idea was inspired by one of the dispensary’s users.

Kelly Anderson, 54, said the Oct. 29 police raid on the club and its subsequent closure have left him to turn to the black market for marijuana.

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So far, “a couple dozen” patients are on board for the class action complaint, according to Hauk.

“This is more about the patients and how they feel that they’ve been violated,” he said.

Hauk said the actions of the police and city violate the human rights code by discriminating against people with disabilities and medical conditions.

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Though he was still discussing the decision with a lawyer Monday, Hauk said the complaint will likely be filed against Mayor Don Atchison, police Chief Clive Weighill and possibly the City of Saskatoon.

Four people, including Hauk, face multiple drug-related charges in connection with the drug bust at the Compassion Club.

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