Canada’s “Princess of Pot” flew home to Vancouver Monday to cut ties with the cannabis empire she and her husband spent decades growing.
Jodie Emery returned to her Chinatown apartment for the first time since being released from custody earlier this month in Toronto, where she, her husband Marc Emery, and three other associates in the Cannabis Culture business were arrested and charged with a range of offenses including drug trafficking.
“I am so grateful to be back where the nature and the forest and the mountains can soothe my soul, after that concrete jungle,” she said Monday in her first interview since returning to Vancouver.
After two nights in custody, the Emerys were released on bail subject to conditions including a prohibition on “any business dealings with Cannabis Culture locations”. Emery has until Friday, she said, to remove herself from Cannabis Culture, a brand her husband started in the 1990s and she has helped develop since 2004.
“To be stripped of everything I have and everything I’ve done is degrading and upsetting,” she said, adding the end of her recent foray into running a franchise business means she can return to being “a broke activist” once again.
“I will fight this, I will not stop being an activist. You know, I was too busy with work to be an activist, and now, well, take away the business, and you’ve made a monster out of me,” she said with a laugh.