Article by Ellen Brait, The Toronto Star
Prominent marijuana activists Marc and Jodie Emery, who co-own the Cannabis Culture brand, were granted bail Friday after their arrest on Wednesday.
Marc Emery faces 15 charges, including conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime, while Jodie Emery faces five similar counts.
Police seized $250,000 in cash in several currencies after searching Cannabis Culture stores across the country and several homes.
Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash said seven Cannabis Culture locations — five in Toronto, one in Hamilton and another in Vancouver — were searched on Thursday along with two homes in Toronto, one in Stoney Creek, Ont., and one in Vancouver.
The Emerys appeared in a Toronto courtroom on Friday afternoon where they were granted bail with several conditions, including a ban on possessing or consuming marijuana and other drugs except with a prescription.
They were also barred from going to any Cannabis Culture location or other dispensary, and from facilitating or participating in running any Cannabis Culture shop.
“This is my 30th arrest,” Marc Emery said, to cheers from his supporters gathered outside Old City Hall.
“I’ve been raided six times, and yet, over all these years, we’ve made progress,” he said, in reference to his decades-long crusade to see marijuana legalized.
Officers seized more than 65 kilograms of marijuana, 2.4 kilograms of cannabis extract and other drug paraphernalia.