Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gator Ted To Get His Day in Court

Caught Between Rock and Hard Place or Maybe Not

I have written about the case of Gator Ted Kindos and the nuisance complaint against him at the Ontario HRC/HRT here. The first problem is that the folks at the Ontario Kangaroo Court don't see it that way, no vision, no passion, not much upstairs either, it seems.

So, let's say you own a bar. What pray tell are the three critical success factors to your business? Some say, "location, location, location." No, there are actually 3 distinct factors, and yes location is one of them. The other two are customer service, and your liquor license. You know what they call a bar without a liquor license - a statistic.

So, a medical doper smokes pot by the door to your bar, which you know jeopardizes your liquor license. In your best customer service voice you ask him to stop. End of story? Should have been.

Not it the doper claims he has a HUMAN RIGHT to smoke dope wherever he likes, and has a license for that as well. How do you fight that sh?t? Well, you have to get innovative and Ted Kindos and his lawyer are doing that, but not without resistance, and significant cost. The best news is that since the HRC/HRT process takes so long, you can do other things maybe to help your case along the way.

So, Kindos did. As reported in the National Post here:

Ted Kindos, owner of Gator Ted's Tap and Grill in Burlington, Ont., is seeking a declaration from the Federal Court that people with a permit to smoke medicinal marijuana cannot do so in a public place or any licensed establishment.

He also wants the court to order Health Canada not to renew the permit of his former patron, Steve Gibson, arguing Mr. Gibson has not been in compliance with its terms of use.

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