Winnipeg head shop owner says charges against him stayed
Jeremy Loewen's Hemp Haven shop was raided earlier this month
A Winnipeg head shop owner who faced charges for selling his products says the charges against him have been stayed.
Jeremy Loewen told CBC News that the charges — possessing the proceeds of property obtained by crime and selling instruments for drug use — were stayed on Wednesday.
Loewen, who has been selling an array of smoking paraphernalia at Hemp Haven on Watt Street, said he doesn't understand why he was arrested earlier this month by Winnipeg police and and charged for selling his products.
He said he wanted to know why he was allowed to pay taxes on his merchandise if police believe they were illegally obtained and he was not allowed to sell them.
On Thursday, Loewen said he is still out thousands of dollars because he had to close for eight days and now has to deal with legal fees.
He added that he has to travel to a trade show in Phoenix in three weeks and isn't sure if he'll even be allowed to enter the United States.
Loewen said he hopes to seek greater clarity from the City of Winnipeg on the rules governing head shops.