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Several pot dispensaries set to open in Montreal on Thursday will be selling marijuana to recreational users despite federal rules that forbid such shops.
Jodie Emery, a marijuana activist who owns the Cannabis Culture brand with her husband Marc Emery, Canada’s self-styled “prince of pot,” said in an interview the number of outlets will be between five and 10.
Emery tweeted she planned to announce the locations later Wednesday.
She says investors are lining up to open retail outlets as Ottawa forges ahead with plans to legalize marijuana.
“One of our investors has decided to open up franchises in Montreal and we get requests from all across Canada to open in basically every city,” Emery said.
Anyone 19 and older will be able to buy marijuana, without membership or medical requirements, she added.
Under current federal legislation, such outlets are illegal and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the laws will stand until they are changed.