Canadian Co-founder of illegal “CAFE” Cannabis shops dies in Mexico

CBC reports…

No details on death of Jon Galvano, including whether foul play involved

Jon Patrick Galvano, who co-founded Toronto’s CAFE chain of unlicensed cannabis dispensaries that gained fame for repeatedly flouting law enforcement attempts to shut them down, has died in Mexico.

CBC News confirmed the 46-year-old’s death Friday afternoon with a family member. There were no other details, including whether foul play was involved.

Global Affairs Canada said in an email that they are aware a Canadian died in the country, are providing help to the family and are seeking more information from local authorities.

Mexican news media did not have any online reports about it as of Friday night.

Galvano, who was from the Windsor area and had been running a pizzeria there, moved to Toronto in 2016 to open his first “Amsterdam-style” coffee shop under the name CAFE – short for Coffee and Fine Edibles.

One of the early co-owners was his lifelong friend Wesley Weber, a fellow Windsor-area native with a long criminal record most notably involving a headline-grabbing scheme to counterfeit millions of dollars in $100 bills in the late 1990s.

The CAFE business boomed, growing from a single outlet in the CityPlace neighbourhood where Galvano and Weber lived to four in the west side of downtown and up to St. Clair Avenue. At their peak, they boasted out-the-door customer lineups on many weekends.

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