Toronto cops: Medical marijuana outlets linked to organized crime

High-profile Canadian medical marijuana dispensary owners Marc and Jodie Emery were arrested, jailed and released on bail last week, while Toronto police accused the couple of links to “high-level drug traffickers.”

The Emerys own Cannabis Culture, a brand which includes dispensaries in Vancouver, British Columbia, Toronto and Hamilton, as well as a magazine and other retail offerings.

Police took 250,000 Canadian dollars ($185,984) in cash in several currencies, 65 kilograms (143 pounds) of cannabis and 2.4 kilograms (5.3 pounds) of marijuana extract and other drug paraphernalia after searching seven Cannabis Culture outlets and multiple residences on Thursday, according to the Canadian Press.

Five of the Cannabis Culture locations were in Toronto while the other two were in Hamilton and Vancouver.

According to the news agency, Marc Emery was slapped with 15 charges, including trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime, while Jodie Emery faces five similar charges.

Police came to the conclusion that the Emerys are connected to “high-level drug traffickers” because the amount of marijuana the police seized “can only be supplied by illegitimate sources often tied to organized crime,” the Canadian Press reported.

While out on bail, the Emerys are banned from possessing or consuming cannabis as well as visiting their dispensaries or participating in the operation of their businesses.

The couple called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to immediately follow through on its pledge to legalize recreational cannabis.

Marc Emery also said police targeted the couple because of their high-profile role in advocating for marijuana legalization.

3 comments on “Toronto cops: Medical marijuana outlets linked to organized crime
  1. Cottage 420 on

    Sooo the “evidence” to support the seizures is the Emory’s must have organized crime behind them for 65 kilos in 5 locations?? That’s a stretch even for Donald Trump…

    Actually 65 kilos in more than 5 locations … how do they even make any money? That’s so small an amount, it’s likely they are smarter than the authorities think they are. That’s just silly… and embarrassing for the Canadian Government. It’s legal or not legal.. right now it’s legal for medicinal use and a law was passed to make it legal for recreational.
    Canadians, start taking to your representatives. They are spending money chasing down personal grudges on your tax dime!

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  2. William James Agee (Jim) on

    Added to the stock market index one day and linked to organized crime the next… that is a SNAFU!

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  3. Robert Hempaz, PhD Trichometry on

    How about a breakdown on that, please … “Police took 250,000 Canadian dollars ($185,984) in cash in several currencies, 65 kilograms (143 pounds) of cannabis and 2.4 kilograms (5.3 pounds) of marijuana extract and other drug paraphernalia after searching seven Cannabis Culture outlets and multiple residences.” Response: It’s that
    “seven other residences” thing that has me sceptical. How does that tie in with Marc and Jodie, and Cannabis Culture, and strip-searching the Princess of Pot?

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