Article by Tessa Vikander, Growth Op
Jodie Emery is tired, but not ready to quit.
After more than two decades on the frontlines of the fight to legalize marijuana, recent court rulings against her have locked her and several other dispensary owners out of the retail cannabis market. Unable to keep the pot shops that she’s so famously known for open or grow the chain she had envisioned, Emery is now turning her efforts to behind-the-scenes activism, pushing to change the current legal framework which she says is still unjust.
Speaking to The GrowthOp by phone while packing for a flight to Toronto, Emery said that she feels defeated. But she says she’s buoyed by others who push her to keep going.
“There are so many people stopping me and they tell me, ‘Don’t stop fighting for what is right,’” she says.
Her focus is now on the advisory board for Cannabis Amnesty — who she calls her “closest allies” — a Toronto-based organization pushing for automatic expungement of criminal records related to cannabis.