TORONTO LIFE Q&A: Chris Goodwin, the guy whose “weed bar” got raided:
Weeds, people say, “What did you think was going to happen?” But my job is just to do it again—do it bigger and smarter and then do it again after that. I believe that the will of cannabis culture will outlast the will of law enforcement in practicing what I believe is tyranny. They’re going to do what they’re going to do and I’m going to do what I’m going to do, but I believe I can outlast. It’s like the Survivor slogan: outwit, outlast, outplay.
You’re certainly doing your part to disprove the lazy stoner stereotype.
Marijuana makes some people lethargic, but that’s never been the case for me. I think the whole stoner-in-the-basement thing has more to do with prohibition, with having to hide what we’re doing and trying not to get caught.
What’s next for Good Weeds?
Our place is back up and running, now as a vapor lounge, [meaning customers have to bring their own weed]. Erin and I aren’t allowed to be there right now—one of the conditions of our bail—so we have friends running it at the moment. It’s funny: since the raid, we’ve got a bunch of resumes from people who want to work for us. As far as the trial, we are set to appear in court on February 26th, but the whole thing will probably go at a snail’s pace—a year, 18 months—now that it’s in front of the courts. Who knows, maybe marijuana will be on store shelves by the time this is sorted out. A friend of mine was saying that maybe Erin and I will be the last people arrested in Canada for this kind of thing. It’s not likely, but that would definitely be an interesting way to go down in the history