Toronto Cannabis Club Reopens Day After Raid
Marc Emery’s unwavering stance on the legalization of cannabis was made even more apparent today, as he reopened his Toronto cannabis club the day after being raided. Four shops were raided in total, resulting in the arrest of 23 individuals.
As Emery said in a statement outside his Cannabis Culture store, “I’m willing to go to jail and I will be selling marijuana today and all next week. We hope to stay open as long as possible.”
Raids on cannabis clubs across Canada—as a part of Operation Claudia—have aimed to crack down on businesses operating in the gray area of cannabis legalization in the country. While newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to legalize the plant, progress has been slow and advocates have grown impatient with the lack of progress.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders commented on the raids, saying, “This has nothing to do with medical marijuana and everything to do with making money.”
Emery, and wife Jodie, are well-known advocates in the cannabis movement. They currently operate multiple Cannabis Culture locations in Canada. Marc recently served five years in United States federal prison following a conviction for selling seeds via mail-order.
Emery further elaborated on the situation, stating, “We aren’t harming anyone. Nothing here is harmful.”