Canada's Cannabis Culture Dispensaries Busted by Fuzz, Again
Weed's most-raided couple, Marc and Jodie Emery, in yet another run-in with the law.
Marc Emery is one of the most well-known advocates for weed the world has ever known. Alongside his wife, Jodie, the publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine and owner of the dispensary and marijuana brand that shares the same name has been arrested on pot-related charges more times than most people have tried dabbing. This week, the Emerys were again victims of the war on drugs, martyrs for the cause of mary jane, as their Toronto-based weed retail shops were raided by police.
According to CTV News:
"Just after 11 a.m. Thursday, police began raiding Cannabis Culture stores. The Emerys own the Cannabis Culture brand, which is used by 19 marijuana dispensaries in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. In a news release, Toronto police said search warrants were executed in Toronto, the Hamilton area and Vancouver, as part of Project Gator, a 'Toronto Police Service project targeting marijuana dispensaries.'"
"Seven Cannabis Culture locations, including five in Toronto, one in Hamilton and another in Vancouver, were searched, along with two homes in Toronto, one in Vancouver and another in the GTA. No dispensary employees were arrested."
Cannabis is tricky business in Canada, where medical marijuana has been legal since 2001 and a recreational market is emerging in anticipation of progressive Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's campaign promise to free up the herb's legal status. In the Great White North, some marijuana companies are traded publicly on stock exchanges, others enter into international branding collaborations with Snoop Dogg, and still more continue to have their products confiscated and storefronts raided by law enforcement.
"Co-ordinated country-wide raids attempting, futilely, to enforce an outdated and harmful law degrades public confidence in the administration of justice, wastes valuable taxpayer funds, wastes scarce police, prosecutorial and judicial resources and benefits precisely no one," the couple's attorney told CTV.
At time of posting, it is still unclear as to why exactly the raids went down.