Pubdate: Sat, 22 Apr 2017
Source: Toronto Star (CN ON)
Copyright: 2017 The Toronto Star
Author: David Rider
Page: GT2


Canada's best-known marijuana activists emerged from a Toronto court
appearance vowing to hit the road on a national tour demanding true
pot legalization, not "prohibition 2.0."

Jodie and Marc Emery face charges including pot possession and
possession for the purpose of trafficking after police raided their
Cannabis Culture shops in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver.

Out on bail, they were told Friday to return to Old City Hall court
May 23.

"This is no way to treat people in 2017 for something that will be
legal next year," thanks to the sacrifices of activists including her
husband, Jodie Emery told reporters.

Marc Emery said they hope to get bail conditions loosened so they can
visit "about 30" Canadian communities in June and July warning people
the federal Liberal legalization plan is a tightly regulated "Trojan
Horse" that will continue victimizing people who ingest and sell the

Emery, who has been jailed several times for marijuana convictions,
including five years in a U.S. prison, said he does not fear a
possible return behind bars.

Jodie Emery, facing her first criminal charges, was less

"I'm not a criminal. I'm not a dangerous person . . . and yet this law
seeks to put us behind bars, the police call us a threat to public
safety," she said. "When the laws criminalize and harm peaceful
people, those laws are unfair."
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