Prominent pro-marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery were arrested at Pearson International Airport on Wednesday evening after Mrs. Emery made an appearance on VisionTV’s news and current affairs program, “theZoomer”.
The self-proclaimed “Prince and Princess of Pot” are awaiting a bail hearing in Toronto on Friday after being charged with trafficking cannabis and other offences including conspiracy and possession. Additionally, seven of the couple’s Cannabis Culture dispensary shops were raided in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver according to a Toronto police news release issued Thursday. The Emerys run approximately 20 Cannabis Culture shops across Canada. Three other people were also reportedly arrested for trafficking as a result of the dispensary raids.
The B.C.-based couple were in Toronto to participate in VisionTV’s recording of an upcoming episode of “theZoomer” focusing on the current state of marijuana legalization in Canada. They were due to travel to Spain Wednesday evening to attend cannabis expo, Spannabis.
In the following video highlights from Jodie Emery’s ‘theZoomer’ panel appearance, she passionately argues that marijuana legalization in Canada is a civil liberties issue in addition to being an access issue.
“I will give up my marijuana business in a blink if they stop arresting people but, right now people are hurt,” Emery states. “We hurt no one and the law hurts us.”
Possessing and selling cannabis for non-medical purposes is still illegal everywhere in Canada and dispensaries are still considered to be illegal.
‘theZoomer’ on Pot Legalization in Canada is tentatively scheduled to premiere on VisionTV on Monday, March 20 at 10pm ET/7pm PT.
The video playlist below also includes previous talks on marijuana legalization in Canada presented by Marc and Jodie Emery at Moses Znaimer’s yearly ideaCity Conference.
The Emerys’ lawyer, Kirk Tousaw, provided some updates via social media on Thursday.
I just spoke to Marc Emery. He and Jodie Emery have been arrested in Toronto and are both being held for a bail… https://t.co/XwwzMxEA3z
— KirkTousaw (@KirkTousaw) March 9, 2017