The Cannabis Culture dispensaries operated by Marc and Jodie Emery – the so-called “Prince and Princess of Pot” – have again been raided by Canadian law enforcement officials and the couple has been arrested, charged with drug trafficking and possession, the Toronto Star reports. The raids were carried out on all seven of the dispensaries in Toronto, Hamilton, and Vancouver.
Kirk Tousaw, a British Columbia-based attorney, indicated that the Emery’s plan on fighting all of the charges against them. Their lawyer, Jack Lloyd, expected the couple to be granted bail and released today following a hearing.
“Marc, of course, plans to fight as hard as he can and as he always has for the true legalization of cannabis and the end of all arrests in Canada, as does Jodie,” Tousaw said in the report.
Employees were given verbal warning but were not charged. The couple was arrested at Pearson airport en route to a cannabis expo in Spain.
The raids were part of a Toronto police operation called Project Gator, and several private residences were also raided, although it’s unclear whether the Emerys’ residence was targeted.
The couple was also arrested last December; in that case, Jodie was not charged while Marc was charged with drug trafficking.