Jodie Emery is being forced to completely divest from Cannabis Culture following her release from custody after being arrested earlier this month for drug offenses including trafficking, according to a Vancouver Sun report. Her bail conditions include removing herself from “any business dealings with Cannabis Culture locations” but Canada’s “Princess of Pot” has vowed to keep fighting.
“I will fight this, I will not stop being an activist. You know, I was too busy with work to be an activist, and now, well, take away the business, and you’ve made a monster out of me,” she said in the report. “There are many other people supplying cannabis in much larger amounts. But for us, everybody knows, it’s a very political persecution. I’m more fired up than ever.”
Emery, whose husband Marc was also jailed in the raids, has until Friday to remove her name from all Cannabis Culture bank accounts and end her directorship of the company. The day-to-day operations will be turned over to longtime employees. Emery has served as a director of the company since 2010 when Marc was extradited to the U.S. to serve a four-year jail term in connection with his mail-order cannabis seeds business.
As part of her release, Emery is ordered not to consume any unlawful substances, including cannabis, except with a valid prescription – which she said she is hopeful of receiving this week.
The couples’ next court appearance is April 21.