Five arrested in pot shop raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver

Kristopher Drake
March 10, 2017

A lawyer for Marc Emery and Jodie Emery posted on Facebook that the pair will appear in court on Thursday.

Following the arrest, Cannabis Culture marijuana dispensaries in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa were raided by police this morning.

"We're hopeful we can have a productive bail hearing tomorrow", Jack Lloyd, one of the couple's lawyers, told reporters outside the Toronto courthouse on Thursday.

Police have arrested five people and executed 11 search warrants as part of an investigation targeting marijuana dispensaries.

The Emerys - often referred to as the "Prince and Princess of Pot" - are marijuana activists and owners of the Cannabis Culture dispensary chain.

Social media users reported that Cannabis Culture shops in Toronto and Hamilton were also visited by police.


Undercover officers raided the Hamilton location of Cannabis Culture on King Street East - easy to spot from its bright green exterior, between Walnut and Wellington streets - manager Rex Mekkem said. He said details of the charges were being finalized. Thirty-seven-year-old Chris Goodwin and 31-year-old Erin Goodwin, both of Toronto, and 29-year-old Britney Guerra of Stoney Creek face charges that include conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

Shop owners from two Ontario Cannabis Culture stores have also been arrested and charged with similar crimes.

Earlier Wednesday, Marc Emery had posted on Facebook that he and Jodie were heading to Spannabis, a cannabis expo, in Barcelona. "Metro Toronto is raiding the Hamilton store", Mekkem said in a live cellphone video posted to his Facebook page Thursday just before noon.

"Our history of enforcing the law against illegal cannabis dispensaries is well established", he said.

The federal government is moving to legalize marijuana, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized late a year ago that the current laws exist.

Vancouver marijuana advocate Dana Larsen, a founding member of the Marijuana Party of Canada and former editor of Emery's Cannabis Culture magazine, was just learning about the news when contacted by Postmedia.

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