Say what you will about his methods, but Canada’s self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot” knows how to make an entrance.
Throngs of admirers stood in the snow Thursday and cheered Marc Emery on as he rolled up to the opening of an illegal marijuana dispensary on Mont-Royal Ave. He held court in the shop for half an hour as he made an impassioned case for the legalization of pot — leaning on logic-based arguments honed over a career of marijuana advocacy.
Then he reached into a jar full of weed nuggets, held one up for the crowd to see and shouted “Who wants a free nug?” The audience hollered in approval.
Yes, the unveiling of an illegal dispensary actually ended in a massive weed giveaway.
Emery was in town to open eight new Cannabis Culture dispensaries in Montreal. Until the time police shut them down — should they choose to do so — the stores will sell pot for recreational users provided they’re at least 19 years old.
There are dispensaries in the Plateau-Mont-Royal, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, St-Michel, Rosemont-la-Petite-Patrie and downtown districts, although two of them – on Queen Mary Rd. and Bishop St. – did not open as planned because of permit issues.