Jodie Emery has returned to Vancouver after being arrested for running recreational marijuana stores in Ontario, and says she thinks the charges she’s facing are politically motivated.
The self-described activist called her and her husband Marc’s arrests the latest salvo in a battle between what she calls the grassroots industry and government licenced producers.
“In the future, it would be great to see cannabis normalized and easily available,” said Emery on her motivation for opening a chain of recreational weed shops across the country.
“That’s why we were demonstrating what legalization should look like: storefronts where adults can walk in and access cannabis.”
With legalization looming in Canada, Emery worries that people like her will be completely shut out of the industry.
Some businesses in Vancouver, anxious to get ahead of whatever regulation comes with marijuana legalization, have already dropped the requirement for customers to have a medical reason to buy pot.