Pubdate: Thu, 23 Mar 2017
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Jack Boland
Page: 45


Marijuana, cash seized from Cannabis Culture stores

Cannabis Culture has been clipped again.

The Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E. pot shop was raided just after
noon Wednesday by uniformed and undercover Toronto Police officers.

Two warrants were executed by police at the Leslieville location and a
second one at St. Clair Ave. E. in East York, according to a Toronto
Police spokesman.

Before 2 p.m., several large evidence bags yielded copious amounts of
bud, cash and unknown containers, which were loaded into the rear of a
police minivan on Queen E.

During a 30-minute period, at least 50 people came up to the front
doors of the former bank, jiggling the locked door and peering inside
the shop only to turn away after spotting uniformed officers.

One possible patron rolled up in a high-end Audi and tried twice to
enter the building.

On March 9, police raided five Toronto stores, one in Hamilton, and
one in Vancouver, as well as private residences in Toronto, Vancouver,
and Stoney Creek.

Cannabis Culture owners Marc Emery and wife Jodie - who are associated
with the stores - were arrested in Toronto and face several charges,
including trafficking, and possession.

Marc was also charged with failing to comply with recognizance.

At the time of the raids, Acting Insp. Steve Watts alleged that the
amount of drugs and cash seized at the shops "can only be supplied by
illegitimate sources often tied to organized crime."

They were released a day later from Old City Hall courts, along with
three other franchisee members, on $30,000 bail each, with their next
court appearances set for April 21.

Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said the warrants executed
Wednesday are part of an ongoing investigation.

- - With files from Kevin Connor
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