CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post stated Marc Emery was prohibited from contacting his wife. The bail conditions instead specified he is not allowed to contact his co-accused, not Jodie Emery, who was released by police without being charged. CLN regrets the error.

Cannabis Culture co-owner Marc Emery has been released from jail one day after being arrested by Montreal police at a newly opened franchise in the city.

The self-styled Prince of Pot, whose fellow activist wife Jodie was arrested shortly afterward at the hotel the couple were staying at, was busted along with nine others Dec. 16 during a series of raids by police at a handful of other brand-new Cannabis Culture locations across Canada’s second-largest city.

While Jodie was later released without charge, her husband has been charged with drug trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond and conditions that include being prohibited from consuming non-prescription drugs (including cannabis), entering places that produce or sell cannabis, or communicating with any others arrested in the raids.

His first court date in Feb. 15, 2017, by which point recreational cannabis use in Canada could conceivably be legal.


Speaking to reporters being let go on Saturday, Emery said he is not allowed to stay in Quebec and can only return if it is for a court date. He added that he was looking forward to fighting the charges in court.

“I believe our cause is just and I’m excited about it and I’m looking forward to going to court,” he told reporters after his release. “And if they are foolish enough to sentence me to jail then that’s fine for me but we will challenge this and the constitutionality of these laws that are completely illegitimate and that have always been illegitimate but now I think the citizens of Canada are now fully aware are illegitimate and that the politicians are scrambling to make changes but the changes are too slow.”

Money, equipment and more than 18 kilograms of cannabis were seized during the raids. Staff members arrested were also released on a promise to appear.

  • CharleeR

    What a crock! It is cruel and unusual punishment to make bail conditions so they cannot associate with or see their own SPOUSE!!! Especially when the first court date isn’t until February……2 mos from now….and over Christmas. ABSURD!

    • Robert Wright

      The government is never going to allow dispensaries like Mark Emery’s because they have already sold themselves to the LP’s who want to force people to buy their mass produced ditchweed .
      Cannabis is so easy to grow a monkey could grow it.

  • Larry Capponi

    @marc emery knew thats the cops in quebec were coming …….. way to go marc we should all get charged for possession and clog the courts I have a charge from 1977 thats followed me since

    • Lady Pepper

      The terror of being charged and going to jail? Forget it! Too bad you didn’t know in 1977, you probably could have had that expunged (if you had a good lawyer). Everyone within the law knows that, too bad. I’m sure getting out of that charge in 1977 would have had a significant impact on your potential freedoms.

  • Wizard6x9

    always questionable when a court imposes bail conditions that would violate constitutional law by telling someone to leave a province to a Canadian citizen.

  • Seth Tyrssen

    Bet some of you Canadian fellers wish ya had gun rights, now.

    • boosh

      We do. It’s called Section 52. of the Supreme Law.

      • Seth Tyrssen

        I’m no expert, but if memory serves, it’s much more restrictive than our 2nd Amendment. It’s time the cops coming to arrest people for the horrible crime of cannabis were met in kind.

    • bob

      hahah some of us do have gun rights here in Canada..
      if you are a Bona Fide Farmer you can be armed 24/7 to protect your livestock and crops from predation……maybe if the growers were Farmers as it should be……we could do better..

      would those assholes be predators??/

      • Seth Tyrssen

        Yep, that would qualify!

  • Blake Newton

    Forbidden to consume cannabis? If he has a medical condition that indicates he can use cannabis, the edict is invalid. There is no rule of law that allows a judiciary to tell someone “I don’t care what your Doctor said, you aren’t allowed to use your medication.” I’d like to hear the Judge formally announce that he disagrees with a professional medical analysis. It won’t happen

    • Blake Newton

      Oh and prohibited to have contact with his wife? Are these people serious? His lawyer must be rubbing his hands together with glee. Charter Rights violation, you bet.

  • bob

    6 and 9’s over this myself as a long time subtle activist……i honour the folks who step forward to push this insanity to a quicker conclusion..but at the same time it is not to our general benefit to force the ……WOW I AM SO STONED CROUD””’ into the faces of the new clients we are trying to bring in to the medical end of things….

    but without activism we would not be here and to stop now is the ass coverers will try to slide on legalization if they can

    pretty simple really

    LEGAL IS LEGAL end of story

    not allowed to return to Quebec??? not in Canada??

    hhahaha better they separate…

  • bob

    hmmm another comment … is my belief that the bulk of the clubs and certainly these folks originate in BC….so why do we keep trying to educate the ignorant?????..We should put all that energy into separation of BC,,,then when they finally get their shit together we will export to them…

    Dealing with these folks only gives them more stolen income from us……….cannot believe the ignorance of that judge…..french royalty i guess

  • CoolTex

    These pot haters are as bad or worse than Trump haters…

  • Francis Janik

    Hello to Marc and Jodi, Great Respect from your neighbors in Vermont! Vermont Home Grown stands with you!

  • Netwie

    I guess the Hell’s Angel’s ordered Coderre to shut down the competition.