Shortly after her husband Marc was arrested by Montreal police at a newly opened dispensary in the Plateau neighbourhood, Cannabis Culture co-owner Jodie Emery was also taken away in handcuffs from her hotel.
I was arrested at our hotel in Montreal last night, released hours later with no charges. Under investigation. My first time in handcuffs!
— Jodie Emery (@JodieEmery) December 17, 2016
Marc Emery is due to appear in court today (Dec. 17) after his arrest along with nine others last night during raids on six of his new recreational cannabis shops in Montreal.
Nine of those arrested were released on a promise to appear, but the self-styled Prince of Pot refused to sign. He faces charges of trafficking, possession for the purposes of trafficking, and conspiracy.
The Cannabis Culture Twitter account announced that, while sales were suspended, they would be giving away from joints at their storefronts at 1863 Rue Amherst and 2200 Ave de Mont-Royal Est.
Working on petitions @ 1863 Rue Amherst & 2200 Ave du Mont-Royal E. No sales @ the moment, but FREE JOINTS to those who come show support.
— Cannabis Culture (@CannabisCulture) December 17, 2016
The federal government is expected to table legislation legalizing cannabis in early 2017, but current federal laws still prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana.