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by papapuff » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:10 am

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Prince of Pot to open illegal marijuana dispensaries in Montreal

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS, MONTREAL GAZETTE
Published on: December 12, 2016

Canada’s Prince of Pot says he’s bringing his chain of illegal marijuana dispensaries to Montreal on Thursday.

Marijuana legalization advocate Marc Emery announced last week that his Cannabis Culture dispensary was coming to Montreal as of Thursday. He published a cryptic tweet counting down the dispensary’s arrival to Montreal on his official account on Dec. 8 and also posted the announcement on his online magazine.

Two sources close to Emery have confirmed his intentions to open as many as three dispensaries in the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood.

“I’ve known (Emery) for some time and when he says something, he means business,” said Marc-Boris St-Maurice, who runs the Fondation Marijuana dispensary on St-Laurent Blvd. “He’s a bit of a cowboy when it comes to this stuff.”

Unlike St-Maurice’s dispensary — which, while unlicensed, only sells pot to patients with a prescription for medical marijuana — Emery’s chain of Cannabis Culture dispensaries is open to recreational users. The only requirement is that customers be over 19 years old.


Emery has aggressively expanded his business this year, opening locations in Toronto, Hamilton and Port Coquitlam, B.C. He also has dispensaries in Vancouver — which carry playfully named strains like Moby Dick, Sticky Fingaz, Love Potion #1 and Pink Death.

Police raided the Toronto, Hamilton and Port Coquitlam stores last summer and in November but most have since re-opened. St-Maurice, whose dispensary was raided twice, says Montreal police will take notice of Emery’s activities.

“My experience with law-enforcement in our wonderful city, they won’t respond well to this type of thing,” he said. “Especially people coming from out of town making a big show. Who knows what’s going to happen, but I can’t see it ending well.”

According to a report by La Presse, the dispensaries may open on St-Laurent Blvd. near Roy St., on Mont Royal Ave. near Papineau Ave. and on Amherst St. near Ontario St.

Though a federal task force is studying how it will fulfill Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to legalize and regulate marijuana, it remains illegal outside for recreational purposes.

Emery has never shied away from brushes with the law. The advocate served a four-year prison sentence in the United States for selling marijuana seeds online.

Jail, however, seems only to have hardened his resolve to champion the cause of legalizing marijuana.

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by papapuff » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:24 am

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Green rush reaches Montreal: multiple recreational marijuana dispensaries to open Thursday

The dispensaries, which operate illegally, sell to anyone over the age of 19

By Brennan Neill, CBC News Posted: Dec 12, 2016

A Canadian chain of recreational marijuana dispensaries is planning to open multiple locations in Montreal on Thursday.

Cannabis Culture, which operates dispensaries in 12 locations across British Columbia and Ontario, said it will announce the new Montreal locations on Dec. 14. They will open their doors to the public the next day.

Their policy is to sell marijuana to anyone over the age of 19 and require a photo ID. They do not require a membership or a medical note. That means that under current federal law they operate illegally.

"All adults should have access to cannabis in an open manner," said Jodie Emery, who is the co-owner of Cannabis Culture with her husband Marc Emery, also known as Canada's "Prince of Pot."

"We've always pushed the boundaries, we use civil disobedience."

Emery said the dispensaries will serve as an example of what Canada's legalization model should look like. The locations to be opened in Montreal will be operated by a franchisee, she said.

Federal legislation to legalize marijuana is expected to be tabled this spring. However, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that he wants local police forces to continue to enforce the law and criminally charge operators of illegal marijuana dispensaries.

Police raids

Cannabis Culture dispensaries have had run-ins with police in the past. Over the summer a number of their dispensaries were raided by police in Ontario.

Emery said she has not yet spoken to Montreal police, but is hoping for a face-to-face meeting.

"Hopefully we can engage with the local community and authorities to explain why these peaceful businesses should be allowed to operate," said Emery, adding that their dispensaries contribute to the local economy.

If the Montreal police do end up raiding their locations, Emery said their policy is to reopen the next day.

Montreal police said in an email that the dispensaries operated by Cannabis Culture are not permitted under current federal regulations that allow access to medical marijuana. They also said they would intervene if any dispensaries open.
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by papapuff » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:49 am

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Marijuana in Montreal: Retail storefronts to open this week

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CTV Montreal
Published Monday, December 12, 2016 1:34PM EST

One of Canada's best known marijuana advocates is planning to open stores in Montreal this week.

Marc Emery has announced he is opening marijuana-selling stores in Montreal, with reports he will open three locations in the Plateau-Mont Royal.

Emery and his wife, Jodie, run multiple stores in Vancouver, Toronto, Hamilton, and Peterborough, Ont..

Police raided many of those locations this year but the stores have since re-opened.

He says his "Cannabis Culture" stores have a goal of providing high-quality marijuana and campaigning to end the criminalization of marijuana.

Marc-Boris St-Maurice, who runs a medical marijuana store in Montreal said he expects Emery will get in legal trouble.

"I have a bit of apprehension with they way he's going about things. He's very cavalier in his approach. He comes into town with a lot of media fanfare," said St-Maurice.

St-Maurice's location, which only distributes marijuana to those with a prescription, has been raided by police, and he anticipates authorities will do the same to Emery.

"I'm not convinced that the local authorities are going to welcome him that well," said St-Maurice. "I know he's trying to push the envelope but things are different in Montreal."

Emery served four years in prison in the United States for selling marijuana seeds.

The store openings come one year after the federal government formally committed itself to legalizing marijuana in the throne speech.

The Emerys have asked the Liberal government to issue a moratorium on marijuana-related arrests while the details of the new federal legal framework are established.
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by papapuff » Mon Dec 12, 2016 2:33 pm

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'Prince of Pot' to open illegal marijuana dispensaries in Montreal

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS, MONTREAL GAZETTE
Published on: December 12, 2016

Canada’s self-described “Prince of Pot” is expanding his chain of illegal marijuana dispensaries into Montreal as of Thursday, according to sources.

A blogger made the announcement on marijuana advocate Marc Emery’s online magazine last week. His wife Jodie posted a cryptic tweet on Dec. 8, counting down the days until the dispensary’s Montreal debut.

Two sources close to Emery have confirmed his intentions to open as many as three dispensaries in the Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood.

“I’ve known (Emery) for some time and when he says something, he means business,” said Marc-Boris St-Maurice, who runs the Fondation Marijuana dispensary on St-Laurent Blvd.

Unlike St-Maurice’s dispensary — which, while unlicensed, only sells pot to patients with a prescription for medical marijuana — Emery’s chain of Cannabis Culture dispensaries is open to recreational users. The only requirement is that customers be over 19 years old.

Emery has aggressively expanded his business this year, opening locations in Toronto, Hamilton and Port Coquitlam, B.C. He also has dispensaries in Vancouver — which carry playfully named strains like Moby Dick, Sticky Fingaz, Love Potion #1 and Pink Death.

Police raided the Toronto, Hamilton and Port Coquitlam stores last summer and in November, but most have since reopened. St-Maurice, whose dispensary was raided twice, says Montreal police will take notice of Emery’s activities.

“My experience with law enforcement in our wonderful city, they won’t respond well to this type of thing,” he said. “Especially people coming from out of town making a big show. Who knows what’s going to happen, but I can’t see it ending well.”

The Montreal police did not return the Montreal Gazette’s phone calls about the dispensary.

According to a report by La Presse, the dispensaries might open on St-Laurent Blvd. near Roy St., on Mont-Royal Ave. near Papineau Ave. and on Amherst St. near Ontario St.

Though a federal task force is studying how to implement Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to legalize and regulate marijuana, it remains illegal for recreational purposes.

Adam Greenblatt has been advocating for legal but regulated access to marijuana in Montreal since 2010. He says Emery’s bold action could provoke a “political backlash” that would compromise efforts to regulate distribution of the drug in Quebec.

“There is indeed a real need in terms of both public health and consumer demand for retail cannabis distribution,” said Greenblatt, the head of Quebec engagement for Tweed, a medicinal cannabis manufacturer. “But the proliferation of dispensaries in the absence of regulation is problematic. There is no transparency in the dispensary supply chain; nothing is properly tested or handled.”

Emery has never shied away from brushes with the law. In a 2015 blog post, the “Prince of Pot” wrote that he had been arrested 28 times for cannabis-related offences. He also served a five-year prison sentence in the United States, beginning in 2009, for selling marijuana seeds online.

After his release in 2014, Emery said he would campaign for Trudeau in the 2015 federal election — praising the Liberal leader’s stance on marijuana legalization. But Emery’s public support of the Liberals waned last February, when he criticized Trudeau’s appointment of former Toronto police chief Bill Blair to oversee the legalization process.

“I am merely the most notable Canadian cannabis prisoner of the drug war,” Emery wrote in a 2015 column for The Georgia Straight. “But hundreds of thousands of Canadians have experienced the trauma of arrest, stigma and suffering under Canada’s three-generation reign of cannabis prohibition.”

Emery could not be reached for comment on Monday.

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by papapuff » Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:41 pm

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2 marijuana stores to open in Plateau-Mont-Royal borough

Another outlet to be in Ville-Marie borough in downtown Montreal

CBC News Posted: Dec 13, 2016

CBC-Radio-Canada has learned that Montreal's Plateau-Mont-Royal borough will have two recreational marijuana stores as of Thursday.

One will be located at 3804 St-Laurent Blvd, near Roy Street East.

The other will be at 2200 Mont-Royal Ave East, near the corner of Parthenais Street.

Another marijuana store will open in the Ville-Marie borough.

The outlets are franchises of the company Cannabis Culture, which operates dispensaries in 12 locations across British Columbia and Ontario. The company is run by Marc Emery, also known as Canada's "Prince of Pot," and his wife Jodie Emery.

The company's policy is to sell marijuana to anyone over the age of 19 and to require a photo ID. They do not require a membership or a medical note. That means that under current federal law they operate illegally.

"We believe in an open, honest transparent model where adults can be treated like first-class citizens, similar to Amsterdam," Jodie Emery said.

"You can go into the shop and if you're 19 and older, we don't need your sign-up information, you don't need to be sick, you don't need to lie. You can have access to cannabis just like a coffee shop," Emery told CBC Radio One's drive-home show Homerun.

Emery confirmed to CBC that there will be more than three locations in the city, but would not disclose the total number of outlets set to open for business on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said that, although he is in favour of the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana, any stores that open this week are doing so illegally.

"The law has to be applied. Do they have the right to do that? It's federal jurisdiction. You have to respect the law." Coderre said Tuesday afternoon.

The shops are set to open in the same week that the federal government's task force issued recommendations.

Some of the recommendations include:

Setting the minimum age of purchase as 18.

Avoid selling alcohol and cannabis at the same location where possible: dedicated storefronts and direct mail are preferable.

Limiting the density and location of storefronts, including their proximity to schools and parks.

Restricting the promotion and advertising of cannabis products, similar to restrictions now in place for tobacco.

Ottawa has promised to table legislation in spring 2017, but it could take much more time for the bill to be studied and eventually passed into law.

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by papapuff » Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:53 pm

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Montrealers can buy recreational marijuana at 8 different illegal storefronts starting Thursday

Cannabis Culture unveils full list of Montreal locations less than 24 hours before opening

By Jaela Bernstien, CBC News Posted: Dec 14, 2016

A Canadian chain of recreational marijuana dispensaries is set to open eight illegal shops Thursday on the island of Montreal.

Cannabis Culture, which is co-owned by activists Jodie and Marc Emery, already has stores in British Columbia and Ontario.

The chain plans to open a total of 10 shops in Montreal by the end of the month, and eight of them are opening on Thursday. The remaining two locations have yet to be disclosed and are expected to open by the end of the month.

Up until now, the Montreal locations have been kept under wraps, although CBC-Radio-Canada obtained the addresses of two shops earlier this week.

Here's the full list of locations:

1863 Amherst St.

1412 Pie-IX Blvd.

8870 St-Michel Blvd.

7130 St-Laurent Blvd.

2200 Mount Royal Ave. E.

3804 Saint Laurent Blvd.

1431B Bishop St.

4961 Queen Mary Rd.

Current federal law does not allow for the recreational sale of marijuana in Canada, although the government is expected to table new legislation in the spring.

"Legalization is only happening because of activists like Marc Emery and Cannabis Culture have been protesting and running for office and educating for decades and also be persecuted and punished and arrested," Jodie Emery, the company's CEO, told CBC News.

"We have always used peaceful civil disobedience to break the law in order to change the law."

While Emery hopes there won't be any legal backlash, she's prepared to take the fight to court if necessary.

Montreal police declined CBC's request for an interview, but a spokesperson said in an email that police intervene when there are violations of the law that governs drugs and other substances.

Earlier this week, Mayor Denis Coderre said he supports decriminalization, but added the current law should be applied for the time being.

No consumption on site allowed, for now

The Montreal dispensaries will sell recreational marijuana to anyone who proves they are 19 or older.

"Most of the locations are clean, white storefronts with open windows and signs," Emery said.

In the first room, clients will be required to show their identification to prove their age. After that, Emery said, they'll be allowed into a second room where they can browse the cannabis flowers, hash, and extracts on display.

No on-site consumption of marijuana will be allowed at any of the Montreal dispensaries for now.

Depending what kind of reception her shops get, Emery hopes to eventually create a more Amsterdam-style, cannabis café scene.

"Montreal and Quebec are very unique in Canada. They like to do things their own way in some regards. So we hope that they'll set the model by embracing Cannabis Culture," Emery said.
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Montreal pot dispensary attracts curious horde

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS, MONTREAL GAZETTE

Published on: December 15, 2016

The scene outside one of Marc Emery’s eight new marijuana dispensaries in Montreal was chaotic Thursday, on Mont Royal Ave.

Customers lined up in the cold and reporters crammed into the storefront as the chain of Cannabis Culture dispensaries was rolled out.

“We are begging the police, please leave us alone, we aren’t harming anybody,” said Jodie Emery, Mark’s wife and business partner. “This is a peaceful act of civil disobedience. Why arrest someone now for something that will be legal in two years?”

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre tweeted out his point of view later Thursday morning, saying there would be zero tolerance for those who did not respect the law.

There was never any pretence, on Emery’s part, that Thursday’s dispensary rollout was legal. He’s been jailed dozens of times for marijuana-related offences and frames his business as an act of peaceful resistance against Canada’s drug laws.

Some of Emery’s dispensaries have been shut down, while others — such as the ones in Vancouver and Toronto — appear to be tolerated and at least semi-regulated by local government.


By year’s end, Emery says there will be 10 of his dispensaries in Montreal — bringing the total number of Cannabis Cultures to 22 across the country.

Prospective franchisees will pay six per cent of their gross sales and, sources say, a fee of between $5,000 and $10,000 to open a dispensary.

Thursday’s opening happened just days after the federal task force to legalize marijuana submitted its first report to Parliament. The road to legalization will be slow and likely fraught with missteps.

In the interim, it appears Emery wants to position himself as a major player in the new marijuana economy.

Within Montreal’s small circle of medical marijuana dispensaries and legalization advocates, Emery’s presence in Montreal was not without controversy.

Several sources told the Montreal Gazette they believe the Prince of Pot will bring undue police attention and repression. They added that many have put years of work in, through official channels, to try to make access to cannabis easier for Montrealers.


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Montreal mayor vows 'zero tolerance' as illegal marijuana shops open

Stores open for business despite current federal law that doesn't allow for sale of recreational marijuana

CBC News Posted: Dec 15, 2016

Montreal's mayor is vowing the city will do whatever it can to stop a Canadian chain of recreational marijuana shops that plan to cannabis across the city starting today.

Cannabis Culture, which is co-owned by activists Jodie and Marc Emery, already has stores in British Columbia and Ontario.

They have now brought their shops to Montreal, despite current federal law not allowing for the sale of recreational marijuana in Canada.

The government is expected to table legislation legalizing cannabis in the spring.

Mayor Denis Coderre sent a tweet out Wednesday morning saying there would be "zero tolerance" shown to those who don't respect current laws.

In a subsequent tweet, he said the city will use all the administrative tools at its disposal to stop the illegal stores.

Activists fought for legalization

At a news conference at their Mount Royal Avenue location, Jodie Emery said the only reason legalization is being considered now is because of activists who broke laws in order to bring change.

Her husband is one of Canada's most well-known marijuana activists. Often described as "The Prince of Pot," Marc Emery was extradited to the U.S. in 2010 and received a five-year prison sentence for selling marijuana seeds. He is also the publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine.

Jodie Emery said she and her husband didn't want to wait for the government to legalize cannabis and set up a system that will "usurp the industry from those who built it."

"This is not like the dot-com boom," she said. "This industry didn't come out of nowhere. People have sacrificed, campaigned, been punished, demonized, persecuted all because of prohibition."

People waiting outside the St-Laurent Boulevard store in the Plateau were told to return later in the day to buy marijuana.

The stores are supposed to be set up to sell by this afternoon or tomorrow.

10 stores by end of year

The stores sell to people 19 years old and up, a minimum age chosen to fall in line with the legal drinking age in most provinces.

They intend to pay taxes and don't allow children inside the stores, Jodie Emery said.

The Emerys plan to open a total of 10 shops in Montreal by the end of the month. The eight locations that were to open at 10 a.m. ET today are located at:

1863 Amherst St.

1412 Pie-IX Blvd.

8870 St-Michel Blvd.

7130 St-Laurent Blvd.

2200 Mount Royal Ave. E.

3804 St-Laurent Blvd.

1431B Bishop St.

4961 Queen Mary Rd.

The remaining two locations have yet to be disclosed. They are slated to open by the end of the month.

Better quality, better business

Matthis Brun arrived at the location on St-Laurent in the Plateau early Thursday morning.

Brun said he was familiar with the Emerys and the stores they've opened elsewhere.

"I think it will be better quality, maybe less dangerous for health if it's grown professionally like this," he said.

Rémy Couture is a chef and owns a bakery named Crémy, which is right beside the Mount Royal location.

"I think it's great. It's a complementary business," he said.

"After people smoke some weed, they want to eat something [unhealthy], and they can come here," he said.

'Don't raid,' owner tells police

Cannabis Culture shops have had run-ins with police in the past. Over the summer, a number of their stores were raided by police in Ontario and employees were charged with drug-related offences.

Cannabis Culture provides a lawyer for employees if they are arrested and charged.

Jodie Emery asked Montreal police not to "cause harm to the harmless people" who work at their stores.

"Please, police, do not raid, do not arrest, do the right thing and let these peaceful businesses operate as they should so we can demonstrate what legalization looks like," she said.

While it's unclear what action, if any, Montreal police will take with regard to the stores, a spokesperson for the force said in an email Wednesday that shops and compassion clubs offering weed are illegal and sell unregulated products that may be dangerous.

The spokesperson said police can be called to intervene when there are violations of the law that governs drugs and other substances.
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Free 'nugs' as Cannabis Culture shops make debut in Montreal

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS, MONTREAL GAZETTE

Published on: December 15, 2016

Say what you will about his methods, but Canada’s self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot” knows how to make an entrance.

Throngs of admirers stood in the snow Thursday and cheered Marc Emery on as he rolled up to the opening of an illegal marijuana dispensary on Mount Royal Ave. He held court in the shop for roughly half an hour as he made an impassioned case for the legalization of pot — logic-based arguments honed over a career of marijuana advocacy.

Then he reached into a jar full of weed nuggets, held one up for the crowd to see and shouted “Who wants a free nug?” The audience hollered in approval.

Yes, the unveiling of an illegal dispensary actually ended in a massive weed giveaway.

Emery was in town to spearhead the opening of eight new Cannabis Culture dispensaries in Montreal. Starting Thursday until the time police shut them down — should they choose to do so — the stores will sell pot for recreational users provided they’re at least 19 years old.

There are dispensaries in the Plateau-Mont-Royal, Notre-Dame-de-Grace, St-Michel, Rosemont-la-Petite-Patrie and downtown. Emery and his wife, Jodie, make no bones about the fact that their business is a criminal enterprise.

“Quebec is one of two provinces I have not been arrested in,” Emery said. “I’ve been locked up in eight provinces … so, you know, there’s always room for number nine. I’ve been arrested 28 times in Canada for marijuana and I’ve seen 34 prisons and jails in all that time. And yet even after 26 years of this kind of civil disobedience, the law still exists.”

While the Liberal government was elected last year on a promise to regulate and tax the sale of marijuana, trafficking the drug is still a criminal offence.

“Marijuana prohibition has never been legitimate, there has never been a real public policy reason for why this law exists,” Emery said. “It’s a complete abomination … and anyone who enforces this despicable law is a despicable person.”

Emery may soon count Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre among his list of despicables. Coderre said Thursday there would be “zero tolerance” for the storefronts.

There are two other dispensaries in the city, but police appear to tolerate them because they only sell medicinal marijuana to patients with a valid prescription. While those establishments are, strictly speaking, illegal, neither has been raided in years.

The arrival of the Cannabis Culture franchises may upset this delicate balance. Emery’s rapidly-expanding chain includes 12 shops in Vancouver, Toronto, Hamilton and Port Coquitlam, B.C. Most have been raided by police, but re-opened within days.

However, things may not be so easy in Quebec. Though the Montreal police haven’t commented on the new dispensaries, officials say their job is to enforce the criminal code.

“The police, who I respect, don’t like this sort of a media splash,” said Marc-Boris St-Maurice, who runs the Fondation Marijuana dispensary on St-Laurent Blvd. “They could crack down and, in the past, this sort of thing has affected all of us. Even those among us who play by the rules.”

Police in Toronto and Vancouver appear to have taken a laissez-faire attitude toward the dispensaries. Emery says one of his Toronto boutiques serves more than 1,000 customers a day, that he pays sales tax on each transaction and that the Montreal locations will as well.

By year’s end, Emery says another two of his dispensaries will open in Montreal. Prospective franchisees will pay six per cent of their gross sales to Emery and, sources say, a fee of between $5,000 and $10,000 to open a dispensary.

The Cannabis Culture pot mostly comes from grow operations in British Columbia, Jodie said, adding that it’s quality tested for pesticides and other contaminants. She claims none of the dispensaries customers have ever been arrested.

“They can come and they can arrest me for buying weed if they want to,” said one customer, who wished to remain anonymous. “I didn’t do anything wrong and it won’t stop me from buying marijuana here. I don’t really drink beer, I’m not a bad guy, I just like to smoke weed. Check out how things are on the west coast, man. You can walk into a store and buy it there and society isn’t coming apart at the seams.”

Emery and Jodie have partnered with one “major investor” and a series of franchisees, but she said they’re keeping the names of their partners confidential.

Thursday’s rollout came just days after the federally-appointed Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation submitted its first report to Parliament. In it, the task force recommends the sale of marijuana in regulated storefront boutiques.

Asked why the couple didn’t wait until legalization before expanding their business, Jodie said it is only through activism, court challenges and direct action that real change can occur.

“(We are) using civil disobedience to change the law,” Jodie said. “Nearly half of all Canadians admit to using marijuana. Canadians voted for the Liberal party because they wanted legalization … Well this is what legalization looks like.

“This is what marijuana should be. And I beg the Montreal police: let us be in peace. Please do not cause harm to the harmless people who are choosing to work here and push forward this very important issue.”

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Police to raid Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensary: source

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS, MONTREAL GAZETTE
Published on: December 16, 2016

Police will raid an illegal marijuana dispensary on Mount Royal Ave. Friday, according to a source.

A source told the Montreal Gazette that police will descend on Cannabis Culture sometime in the afternoon. The storefront shop began selling pot to customers Thursday during the highly-publicized rollout of six dispensaries across the city.

They would not say whether each location will be raided but confirmed that police have investigated and that they will take action.

In a text message to the Montreal Gazette, Cannabis Culture co-owner Jodie Emery wrote that news of the raid may be a false alarm. She was at the location as of 2:20 p.m. and says no police were on site.

Emery’s husband Marc, Canada’s self-proclaimed “Prince of pot,” was on hand for the dispensary’s opening Thursday and acknowledged that the business was illegal. He said that it’s only by breaking an “unjust law” that Canadians will force the government to legalize marijuana.

He framed the opening of his dispensaries as a massive act of civil disobedience.

After the Emerys spoke to media Thursday, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said there would be “zero tolerance” for the illegal storefronts. Police have raided Cannabis Culture locations in Toronto, Hamilton and Port Coquitlam, B.C. this year but many re-opened within days.

Montreal police also confirmed Thursday they had opened an investigation into the dispensaries.
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Trudeau says current pot law stands until new legislation is ratified

The Canadian Press

DECEMBER 16, 2016

MONTREAL - Ottawa is moving "properly and responsibly" to legalize marijuana but the current law governing cannabis will stand until new legislation is ratified, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Cannabis activists opened six shops in Montreal on Thursday in defiance of the current law and said they are considering opening another in Trudeau's riding in the city.

Longtime marijuana advocate Marc Emery said Trudeau would be as much of a criminal as them if they were arrested.

Trudeau's response to a question about that comment was as follows: "Until we've changed the law, the current laws exist and apply."

"The reason we are legalizing and controlling marijuana is not for any other reason than to better protect our kids and to remove the black market, the criminal elements, organized crime, from profiting massively from the sale of cannabis," he told a news conference alongside Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

"We will get this done properly and responsibly because that is what Canadians expect us to do. . and until we have changed the law, the current laws apply."

The pot boutiques opened in Montreal in the presence of two well-known marijuana activists from Vancouver behind the Cannabis Culture stores and brand.

Jodie Emery told a news conference at one of the stores that while they are illegal under current federal legislation, she hopes local authorities will leave them be.

Under store policy, anyone 19 and older will be able to buy marijuana, without membership or medical requirements. The shops will pay taxes, employ locals and won't allow children inside.

She was accompanied by her husband Marc, the self-styled "Prince of Pot" who was extradited in 2010 to the United States, where he pleaded guilty to selling marijuana seeds and was sentenced to five years in prison.

"Anyone who enforces this despicable law is indeed a despicable person — and I include politicians, elected officials, police authorities and anyone else who thinks we should be arrested," he said.

Ottawa is expected to table legislation in the spring to legalize marijuana, while a federal task force recommended earlier this week that sales be allowed to Canadians 18 years and older.
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BREAKING

Police raid Cannabis Culture shops in Montreal

'Prince of pot' Marc Emery, wife Jodie opened 6 recreational pot stores Thursday

CBC News Posted: Dec 16, 2016

Montreal police are raiding a string of recreational marijuana shops that began selling cannabis at locations across the city Thursday. They have begun making arrests.

Officers arrived at the stores located across the city at around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Cannabis Culture, co-owned by B.C. pot activist Marc Emery and his wife Jodie, opened six stores in Montreal to much fanfare from marijuana users, flouting the law. A federal bill to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana is not expected until next spring.

The Emerys had plans to open eight locations in the city Thursday, but two did not open as expected due to permit issues. However, business appeared to be brisk at the locations that did open.

The raids come after Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre vowed to put a stop to Cannabis Culture's operations in the city.
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by papapuff » Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:14 pm

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December 16, 2016

‘Prince of Pot’ arrested as Montreal police raid Cannabis Culture store

Max Kalinowicz By Max Kalinowicz
Associate Producer Global News

Just a day after their grand opening, some of the Cannabis Culture stores selling recreational marijuana were raided by Montreal police and owner Marc Emery was arrested.

The B.C. based self-described Prince of Pot has been expanding his chain of dispensaries across the country, despite the fact that the drug is still illegal.

Hundreds of clients lined the street throughout the day to make their first pot purchases at the Mount-Royal location.

The store reportedly sold out their stock, leaving only cash for police to find.

“This arrest is wrong and prohibition is wrong. The prime minister is a disgrace and so is the mayor,” he said.

Police confirm that they have made 10 arrests, none of which were clients. They also seized 40 pounds of cannabis.

Cannabis Culture dispensaries located on Pie-IX boulevard and Saint-Laurent street were also raided.

This came just hours after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to the possible opening of a dispensary in his riding.
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by papapuff » Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:37 pm

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'Prince of pot' Marc Emery arrested during marijuana dispensary raids in Montreal

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS, POSTMEDIA NETWORK

FIRST POSTED: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016

A day after six illegal marijuana dispensaries opened with a big splash in the city, Montreal police have moved in.

Raids are underway, Montreal police Constable Benoit Boisselle told the Montreal Gazette at supper hour on Friday.

Canada's self-proclaimed 'Prince of pot' Marc Emery was arrested in the raid. Emery was on hand for the opening Thursday and acknowledged that the business was illegal. He said then that it's only by breaking an "unjust law" that Canadians will force the government to legalize marijuana.

Tensions ran high at the illegal marijuana dispensary on Mont-Royal Ave. earlier in the day, as rumours of an imminent police raid circulated. A police source confirmed to the Montreal Gazette Friday that police would descend on the Mont-Royal Ave. dispensary in the afternoon.

Sources told the Gazette that undercover officers began a surveillance operation on the storefront shop as of Thursday night — just hours after its highly publicized opening.

The dispensary began selling a variety of pot strains to customers that afternoon during the rollout of six Cannabis Culture dispensaries across the city.

"I heard a rumour and headed straight to the dispensary," Jodie Emery, who co-owns the Cannabis Culture brand, told the Montreal Gazette Friday afternoon. "But there's no police here now, just a long lineup of people in the cold. Things are really tense right now."

At the time, Emery said it was possible news of the raid might be a false alarm. But as a precaution, she was staying outside of the store and her husband and business partner Marc served customers.

"Marc is ready to be arrested and one of us has to stay out of jail and get the message out there," said Emery.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Jodie Emery posted a video on Twitter of her husband being arrested at the Mont-Royal location. About the same time, police stood in front of the Cannabis Culture on St-Laurent Blvd. after raiding it.

"Quebec is one of two provinces I have not been arrested in," Emery told reporters Thursday. "I've been locked up in eight provinces ... so, you know, there's always room for number nine. I've been arrested 28 times in Canada for marijuana and I've seen 34 prisons and jails in all that time. And yet even after 26 years of this kind of civil disobedience the law still exists."

Emery told the Gazette Friday afternoon, just hours before his arrest, that he was expecting to be busted. "They would be hard-pressed not to arrest me," he said when asked how a raid usually goes down. "But you know that's all part of the plan. That's part of the revolution. You're not going to get change without sacrifice," said Emery, who had told some of his employees to leave the premises.

Emery threatened to go on a hunger strike if he's sent to prison. Asked if he really thought he'd be locked up, Emery said: "Absolutely. I want to demonstrate that's exactly what's going to happen. That's what legalization under Mr. Trudeau and (Montreal Mayor) Coderre looks like.

"They'll tolerate gangs, and Rock Machine and Hells Angels, everybody else, but they won't tolerate ordinary Canadians helping other ordinary Canadians access the best marijuana in the world," Emery added.

On Thursday, Mayor Denis Coderre warned there would be "zero tolerance" for the illegal storefronts. Police have raided Cannabis Culture locations in Toronto, Hamilton and Port Coquitlam, B.C. this year but many reopened within days.

The Liberal government has appointed a task force to study how it will fulfil Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise to legalize marijuana. But during a press conference in Montreal Friday, Trudeau warned that until new legislation is passed the laws prohibiting the sale of marijuana stand.

Long lines formed outside the shop Thursday on Mont-Royal as Marc Emery gave an impassioned speech about Canada's drug law and handed out free samples of marijuana. He framed the opening of his dispensaries as a massive act of civil disobedience.

People continued flocking to the dispensary late Friday afternoon, forming a line that went out the door and around the building. An employee at a nearby bar said the arrival of a Cannabis Culture shop has created a buzz in the east-end neighbourhood.

However, the employee said, older patrons were less enthused than younger ones about the idea of a pot business sprouting up.

Jodie Emery said the big turnout was an indication pot stores should be allowed to operate.

"If thousands of people are braving minus 30 degree weather to line up for hours to access cannabis in this way, it should be a very strong argument that these businesses are legitimate, are popular, are successful and should be allowed to operate."

The five other Cannabis Culture stores closed temporarily Friday after the raid rumours first surfaced, she said.
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