Marijuana lounge closed, owner offers free pot

A Saskatoon-area marijuana lounge has shuttered its doors, but its owner says the closure won't stop him from pushing for legalization, even if accomplishing that goal means giving it away himself.

Jeffrey Lundstrom, owner and operator of The Lounge in the Loft, said representatives from the city's community services branch, the fire department and Saskatoon Health Region requested access to the property for inspection purposes on May 11.

Rather than grant entry to the business, he instead chose to close it down permanently.

"They were very persistent about the inspection.

My basic thoughts on it were that this is the first stage of them attempting to push my business out," Lundstrom said.

The Lounge in the Loft has been open since February, offering a place for both recreational and medically licensed marijuana enthusiasts to use cannabis in a social setting.

Lundstrom, an avid proponent of legalization, said he had plans...

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