Article by Molly Hayes, Hamilton Spectator
A King Street East dispensary was raided by Toronto police Thursday morning — just hours after two prominent Canadian marijuana activists were arrested at the airport.
Undercover Toronto Police officers raided the Hamilton location of Cannabis Culture — easy to spot from its bright green exterior, between Walnut and Wellington Streets — this morning, according to the manager Rex Mekkem.
“I’m just letting people know. Metro Toronto is raiding the Hamilton store,” Mekkem said in a live cellphone video posted to his Facebook page Thursday around noon. He says police were taking product but otherwise letting people go.
“They’re just taking everybody’s names and everybody’s phones and kicking us loose, because it has to do with Toronto, they said,” he said, standing outside the store.
He says in the video that Hamilton Police work “with” them, unlike Toronto.
Mekkem noted he hoped to be back open by 6 p.m.
This was just one of several raids on Cannabis Culture stores across Canada on Thursday, as the company’s owners wait to appear in court in Toronto.
Marc and Jodie Emery, prominent pro-marijuana activists, were reportedly arrested at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Wednesday evening.
Photos shared on social media show police raids in dispensaries in Vancouver, Ottawa, and several stores in Toronto.