Article by Andrea Woo and Jeff Gray, The Globe and Mail
Police officers in several Canadian cities raided illegal marijuana dispensaries linked to activists Marc and Jodie Emery on Thursday, charging them and several others with drug offences as part of an investigation led by Toronto police.
The raids were the latest attempt by local police forces to shut down pot shops that have been opening in cities across the country, even as the federal government prepares to fully legalize the drug with legislation this spring. It was also notable for the involvement of Vancouver’s police force, which has largely left dispensaries in the city alone, including those run by the Emerys.
The two were arrested at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Wednesday as part of a Toronto police operation called Project Gator.
Mr. Emery was charged with 15 counts, including trafficking, possession and possession of the proceeds of crime, while his wife was charged with five similar counts.
Chris and Erin Goodwin, of Toronto, and Britney Guerra, of Stoney Creek, Ont., also face drug-related charges.
The five are scheduled to appear in court on Friday.