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Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Police raid marijuana dispensaries across Canada

Police raid marijuana dispensaries across Canada

"My clients were uncertain of what they'd been arrested for", Jack Lloyd, said outside court. A bail hearing was put over to Friday morning. There is still no word on if they will face other charges.

About a dozen supporters, medical marijuana advocates and pot dispensary stakeholders, as well as a manager of the Emerys' Toronto marijuana dispensary, Cannabis Culture, were at the Old City Hall courthouse Thursday morning ahead of an expected appearance at 10 a.m.

Canada's so-called "Prince of Pot" has been arrested in Toronto and police are raiding several of his marijuana dispensaries, his lawyer said Thursday.

Mark Pugash, a spokesperson for Toronto police said the raid was done as part of Project Gator, a Toronto Police Service project targeting seven marijuana dispensaries in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver.

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

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

Raids are also being conducted at Cannabis Culture shops in Ottawa and Toronto.

Police forces across the country have been raiding pot shops in recent months and charging owners with trafficking-related offences.

Arguably one of the most well-known marijuana advocates in the country, Marc Emery is no stranger to the legal system, having been arrested numerous times over the years in Canada for pot-related offences.He also served more than four years in a US federal prison for selling marijuana seeds across the border from his Vancouver business.

A group of protesters gathered outside Cannabis Culture headquarters in Vancouver on Thursday afternoon, decrying the latest raids and the Emerys' arrest.

"It's a firm commitment of our government to legalize access to cannabis, to regulate that access and to restrict it appropriately", she said.

Victoria-based cannabis lawyer Kirk Tousaw, who has known the Emerys for several years called the arrests a "national disgrace".

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