Marc and Jodie Emery, the “Prince” and “Princess of Pot”, were reportedly arrested and released in Montreal on Friday — just one day after the marijuana activist couple opened six Cannabis Culture dispensaries within city limits.
“Marc Emery was arrested along wither with several employees after mass raids and arrests at the several new Cannabis Culture Dispensary locations which opened in Montreal yesterday,” reads a post by Cannabis Culture on Facebook early Saturday morning.
The post goes on to say that Jodie Emery and Jeremiah Vandermeer, listed as Cannabis Culture’s chief of operations, were arrested at their hotel “for related reasons.” As of early Saturday morning, Cannabis Culture hadn’t responded to requests for comment.
The Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM) said in a release on Friday that six dispensaries were raided by their officers on Friday, netting 10 suspects, 40 pounds of marijuana, and cash. Neither Cannabis Culture, not the names of the 10 suspects, was mentioned.
All 10 face charges relating to trafficking in narcotics, and possession with intent to traffic, the SPVM release said.
Cannabis Culture, a private marijuana dispensary chain, operates in several cities across Canada, including Toronto. Several of dispensaries were among the 43 raided during “Project Claudia”, a massive crackdown by Toronto Police Service officers last May.
Denis Coderre, the Mayor of Montreal, did issue a warning on Twitter this Thursday — hours after the Cannabis Culture storefronts opened — that the city had “zero tolerance” for dispensaries operating illegally.
Jodie and Marc Emery have been arrested numerous times during their years of pro-marijuana activism. Marc also spent four-and-a-half years in U.S. prison for selling to American customers from his stores in Vancouver.
Cannabis Culture’s Facebook page said early Saturday morning that Jeremiah Vandermeer and Jodie Emery had been released from police custody, but remain under investigation. The exact charges against them weren’t specified.
“Respect the law” it ended.