Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

Pot activists granted bail after Pearson arrest, raids

Pot activists granted bail after Pearson arrest, raids

Marc and Jody Emery are in custody awaiting a bail hearing Thursday and their marijuana shops across Canada have been raided in a combined police operation known as Project Gator.

Toronto police have raided a Hamilton marijuana dispensary as well as 10 other locations in Toronto and Vancouver.

Prominent marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery have been arrested in Toronto and police are raiding several pot dispensaries associated with the couple.

The Vancouver couple's chain of dispensaries - Cannabis Culture - has at least three stores in Toronto and four locations in Vancouver, selling to anyone aged 19 and over, without membership or medical requirements.

"It appears they were arrested at the airport and not as part of a raid", Tousaw noted in his post.

"Toronto police have enlisted Vancouver police to execute warrants at CCHQ in Vancouver".

In addition to the Emerys, police charged three other people on Thursday, including Britney Guerra, owner of the Cannabis Culture store on King Street West.

"Our history of enforcing the law against illegal cannabis dispensaries is well established", he said. "This is the latest effort in our law enforcement, and I'm certain there will be further action".

"More charges are coming", federal prosecutor Chris Desa said. Lloyd says the Emerys are due in a Toronto courtroom on Thursday.

Kirk Tousaw, a British Columbia-based attorney, indicated that the Emery's plan on fighting all of the charges against them.

The self-styled "Prince" and "Princess of Pot" appeared briefly in court earlier in the day to face various drug-related charges but the hearing was put on hold after justice of the peace Vladimir Bubrin was taken to hospital for an unknown condition.

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