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NY Post
New York Post
1 Jul 2023

NextImg:Canadian man who sold cocaine, meth, heroin out of his ‘drug store’ dies of overdose

A Canadian man who opened up a drug store hawking cocaine, meth, heroin, and ecstasy has died of an overdose, according to a report.

Jerry Martin, 51, died Friday in Vancouver days after he overdosed on fentanyl and was rushed to the hospital, his girlfriend, Krista Tomas, told Vice.

Martin remained unresponsive after the overdose until his family decided to take him off of life support.

Martin’s opened the brick-and-mortar store — aptly named The Drug Store —  in May, after British Columbia changed its laws on Jan. 31 to allow adults to possess up to 2.5 grams of drugs including opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA, or ecstasy, for personal use without being arrested.

“Jerry believed that people were self-medicating their trauma and so long as they were doing that, they needed a safe supply to do it,” Thomas told Vice.

“He’s no more exempt than any other human being on this earth,” Thomas continued. “He had his own trauma and unfortunately, he relapsed.”

Martin, 51, initially billed his drug shop as the first store to test drugs for purity.
Courtesy of Jerry Martin

It was not clear whether Martin intentionally used fentanyl or if another drug he used had been laced with the powerful opioid, Thomas added.

Martin’s brazen business — which was billed as the first store to test drugs so they don’t contain deadly additives like fentanyl — got off to a rocky start after he was arrested for drug trafficking within a day of opening in downtown Vancouver.

“I am giving them addictive drugs but I’m giving them safer addictive drugs than you can get on the street, where they might be laced with fentanyl or some other drug,” Martin said during the opening.

“He wanted to save lives,” Thomas said.