Article by Kamila Hinkson, CBC News
They opened to much fanfare but were swiftly shut down by the police, and in two days, five of the six Montreal Cannabis Culture locations will reopen — without the cannabis.
The five franchises will sell accessories and smoking paraphernalia, becoming what are known as head shops, explained Jodie Emery, who owns the Cannabis Culture chain along with her husband, the self-styled “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery.
The stores that will reopen are located at:
- 1863 Amherst Street.
- 8870 St-Michel Boulevard.
- 2200 Mount Royal Avenue East.
- 3804 Saint Laurent Boulevard.
- 1431B Bishop Street.
Cannabis Culture operates 12 shops across British Columbia and Ontario. The Montreal stores opened last month, and police raided them a day later.
During those raids, Marc Emery, who was working at the Mont-Royal Avenue store, was arrested and charged with drug trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy.
He will appear in court in Montreal next month.