Marc Emery released from jail, forbidden to consume cannabis or contact wife

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Marc Emery released from jail, forbidden to consume cannabis or contact wife

Marc Emery released from jail, forbidden to consume cannabis or contact wife

Cannabis Culture co-owner Marc Emery has been released from jail one day after being arrested by Montreal police at a newly opened franchises in the city.

The self-styled Prince of Pot, whose fellow activist wife Jodie was arrested shortly afterward at the hotel the couple were staying at, along with nine others Dec. 16 during a series of raids by police at other new Cannabis Culture locations across Canada’s second-largest city.

While Jodie was later released without charge, her husband has been charged with drug trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking and conspiracy. He was released after posting a $5,000 bond and is prohibited from consuming cannabis, entering places that produce or sell cannabis, or communicating with anyone linked to his business ventures in Montreal, including his wife. His first court date in Feb. 15, 2017, by which point recreational cannabis use in Canada could conceivably be legal.

Speaking to reporters being let go on Saturday, Emery said he is not allowed to stay in Quebec and can only return if it is for a court date. He added that he was looking forward to fighting the charges in court.

“I believe our cause is just and I’m excited about it and I’m looking forward to going to court,” he told reporters after his release. “And if they are foolish enough to sentence me to jail then that’s fine for me but we will challenge this and the constitutionality of these laws that are completely illegitimate and that have always been illegitimate but now I think the citizens of Canada are now fully aware are illegitimate and that the politicians are scrambling to make changes but the changes are too slow.”

Money, equipment and more than 18 kilograms of cannabis were seized during the raids. Staff members arrested were also released on a promise to appear.

Published at Sun, 18 Dec 2016 22:59:05 +0000