Manitoba

Winnipeg head shop reopens after police raid

A Winnipeg head shop shut down after a police raid earlier this month has reopened with a slightly different name.
The Joint has reopened, with a slight alteration to its name. (Trevor Dineen/CBC)

A Winnipeg head shop shut down after a police raid earlier this month has reopened with a slightly different name.

The Joint on St. Mary's Road is now operating under the banner of The Joint: Tobacconist and Glass Gallery.

RCMP on May 2 showed off a number of items they seized from The Joint, a chain of headshops in Winnipeg. (Megan Benedictson/CBC)

The shop, which sells pipes and bongs and other drug-smoking paraphernalia, was raided May 1 with police taking some employees out in handcuffs and seizing merchandise.

Two other locations of The Joint in the city — on Marion Street and Pembina Highway — were also raided along with one in Saskatchewan.

The day after the raids, RCMP held a press conference to explain the action was part of a copyright infringement investigation.

Many of the items seized had images that replicated copyright-protected images such as Spider-Man, Angry Birds, Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, and Nintendo.

One employee was also arrested and charged during the raids for possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, according to RCMP.

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