Wayne Moriarty: Outside the Vancouver Bubble, Pot Remains a Risky Business

Article by Wayne Moriarty, The Province

Marc Emery and his wife, Jodie, speak to journalists outside a Toronto court after being released on bail on Friday, March 10, 2017

I am reminded often of how we live in something of a pot bubble here in Vancouver — how marijuana advocates enjoy a mostly hassle-free ride from the local constabulary.

These reminders come in the form of news stories and anecdotes from other jurisdictions where the sale and use of marijuana is not treated with the benign indifference it receives here.

Surrey, for example.

A lawyer friend was telling me just the other day how a client of his was arrested recently when the RCMP shut down a dispensary in that city. His client had no stake in the dispensary other than as a customer. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

As well, there’s the story — correction: stories — of Canadians being barred from the United States as a result of admitting at the border to having ever smoked grass.


The most recent reminder that marijuana can still get you into — um — a pot of trouble came last week with the news that Marc and Jodie Emery were arrested at Pearson International Airport in Toronto en route to Europe. The Emerys — Canada’s most renowned marijuana activists — were getting out of an Uber car when undercover police swooped on to the scene and took them away to jail.

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