‘Budtenders’ at Pot Shops Hope Charges Will Be Dropped

Article by Jacquie Miller, Ottawa Citizen

Cannabis protester Sherry Morrison outside the Ottawa courthouse Wednesday. Sherry’s daughter Cassandra was arrested at the Weeds shop on Bank Street on Jan. 31 and charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking

Sherry Morrison blames herself for her daughter’s arrest on drug trafficking charges.

Her daughter, Cassandra Morrison, is among 17 Ottawa “budtenders” who have been charged in police raids on illegal marijuana dispensaries over the last four months.

Morrison says her daughter was inspired to become a cannabis activist after she saw first-hand how medical marijuana helped her mom cope with chronic pain.

Sherry and Cassandra, along with a handful of others, protested outside the Ottawa courthouse on Wednesday, calling on the federal government to move quickly to legalize recreational pot and to stop arresting people on marijuana-related charges in the meantime.

Sherry’s son Taryn Morrison, 25, carried a placard reading “Let us Be Free.” He just got a job at Ottawa’s newest pot shop, Cannabis Culture on Bank Street, which opened last week.

“I felt like, why not join the movement?” said Taryn, a recreational user.

He switched in the last year from heavy drinking to just smoking pot, and says he’s much calmer. “With alcohol, I was always fighting all the time, in and out of jail. With weed, it’s been a total turnaround. I’m calmer, more relaxed.

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