Canadian police are raiding marijuana dispensaries across the country, all belonging to Marc Emery. The investigation began after he and his wife were arrested at Pearson International Airport on their way to a pot festival in Europe.
Emery and his wife, Jodie, who are known as the ‘Prince and Princess of Pot’ were set to appear in court Thursday morning. The Emerys’ lawyer, Kirk Tousaw, said Toronto police have charged them trafficking cannabis. Both were held at the Toronto Police’s 51 Division following their arrests.
Furthermore, Vancouver police confirmed they raided the Emerys’ Cannabis Culture location on West Hastings.
As noon approached in Toronto, the Emerys had yet to make an appearance at Old City Hall court.
About a dozen supporters, medical marijuana advocates and pot dispensary stakeholders, as well as a manager of one of the Emerys’ Toronto marijuana dispensaries were at the courthouse Thursday morning. Toronto police would not comment to CBC Toronto about the arrests.
Emery and his wife run about a dozen marijuana shops in Canada under the Cannabis Culture banner. Marc Emery was released from a U.S. prison in 2014 after spending just over four years behind bars on charges of selling marijuana seeds in the United States.
Emery, born February 13, 1958, is a Canadian cannabis activist, entrepreneur, and politician. Emery has been an advocate cannabis policy reform and has been active in the New Democratic Party, the Freedom Party of Canada, the Marijuana Party of Canada, and the Conservative Party of Canada.
Emery has been jailed several times due to marijuana, most notably in 2009 when he served a five-year sentence in a U.S. federal prison for selling mail-order cannabis seeds into the US.