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This time around, the penalties Marc faces are so high that he will finally get the jury trial he has long desired. Let's hope the jury recognizes the injustice of being asked to impose life imprisonment on a man whose only "crime" has been to openly do something the government has agreed should be legalized.
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Here's my take: dispensary owners have tirelessly fought for many years for more liberalized cannabis laws. They've even racked up hefty legal bills while pleading their case to the highest court in the land. Ultimately, they've helped pave the way for the mainstreaming of medical marijuana, which has mainly benefitted "Big Business", a.k.a. LPs. So dispensaries also deserve to be accommodated when legalization finally arrives -- but with conditions.
In the end, all of the charges against Marc and Jodie Emery will be dismissed. So why bother arresting them? Every second of time and every cent spent to arrest the pot power couple will lead to absolutely nothing productive, and nothing which benefits Canadians.
Marc Emery and his wife Jodie Emery face multiple drug-related charges.
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The couple own the Cannabis Culture brand, which is used by a chain of 19 marijuana dispensaries in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.
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One day after the dispensaries opened, they're being raided.
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MONTREAL — Eight pot dispensaries aimed at recreational users opened as planned in Montreal today and are set to begin selling their products later this week. Two well-known pot activists from Vancouv...
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"I've never been as enthusiastic in my whole life."
VANCOUVER — Optimism mixed with thick clouds of pot smoke in downtown Vancouver last year as tens of thousands of people gathered for the annual "4-20'' marijuana legalization rally under a massive ba...
The federal government's throne speech included a pledge to legalize the drug.
The Liberals promised to legalize pot more than a year ago, prompting a months-long barrage of Conservative attack ads.
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Marijuana activist Marc Emery returns to hometown welcome at first 4/20 since he was jailed in U.S.
"It’s more that we need to work towards ending stigma and shame..."
Marc Emery, B.C.s self-proclaimed "prince of pot," is scheduled to arrive in Vancouver today after returning to Canada Tuesday following his release from a U.S. prison. A celebration is being planned...