Article by Brennan Neill, CBC News
Come this Thursday recreational marijuana users in Montreal will be able to walk into a store, browse for their favourite strains and walk away with a few grams of cannabis — all in defiance of federal drug laws.
That’s because a Canadian chain of recreational marijuana dispensaries is planning to open multiple locations in the city. But how long they’ll stay open is another question.
Cannabis Culture, which operates dispensaries in 12 locations across British Columbia and Ontario, said it will announce the new Montreal locations on Dec. 14. They will open their doors to the public the next day.
The company’s policy is to sell marijuana to anyone over the age of 19 and require a photo ID. They do not require a membership or a medical note. That means that under current federal law they operate illegally.
“All adults should have access to cannabis in an open manner,” said Jodie Emery, who is the co-owner of Cannabis Culture with her husband Marc Emery, also known as Canada’s “Prince of Pot.”
“We’ve always pushed the boundaries, we use civil disobedience.”
Emery said the dispensaries will serve as an example of what Canada’s legalization model should look like. The locations to be opened in Montreal will be operated by a franchisee, she said.