'I am like every other merchant' downtown, says Guelph marijuana lounge proprietor

GUELPH—The owner of a new marijuana lounge in downtown Guelph says "the motivation for the idea is purely selfish."

"It is to have a place for myself and people like me, who have medical prescriptions, to hang out and smoke marijuana," said Anthony (Tony) Veder, owner of the DLR 420 Vapour Lounge on Macdonell Street. Veder made the comments in an interview just after the opening of the operation. He said he's been reluctant to talk to reporters about his latest venture but wanted to clarify his motives and quell any rumours.

Veder said he isn't a pot legalization crusader or looking for attention but is delighted with the response from neighbouring businesses and the wider community.

"I haven't heard anything negative and I was expecting to hear negative," said Veder.

"The response has been very positive."

He said he even received support in a tweet from Guelph Mayor Cam...

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