Five arrested in pot shop raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver

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Five arrested in pot shop raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver

The nature of the charges against the Emerys remained unclear Thursday morning.

"They're just taking everybody's names and everybody's phones and kicking us loose, because it has to do with Toronto, they said", he said, standing outside the store.

Then, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, the couple's chain of dispensaries - Cannabis Culture - posted on Facebook a video of their Church St. location in Toronto being raided by Toronto Police.

According to Tousaw, the Emerys were arrested at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Wednesday, where they were stopped en route to Barcelona to attend a pot festival called Spannabis.

Mark Pugash, a spokesperson for Toronto police said the raid was done as part of Project Gator, a Toronto Police Service project targeting seven marijuana dispensaries in Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver. The couple own Cannabis Culture, a chain of 19 marijuana dispensaries in BC, Ontario and Quebec.

Jodie Emery mouthed the words "I love you" to her husband during the couple's brief Thursday court appearance and flashed a peace sign to supporters in the room before being admonished by the justice of the peace. Five people were arrested, he said. "This is the latest effort in our law enforcement, and I'm certain there will be further action".

"Cannabis Culture stores across Canada being raided at behest of Toronto Police".

The federal government is moving to legalize marijuana, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized late a year ago that the current laws exist.

A Vancouver-based lawyer for the Emerys said in a statement that "several cannabis activists" have been arrested in addition to his clients.

Police forces across the country have been raiding pot shops and charging owners with trafficking-related offences.

"It appears they were arrested at the airport and not as part of a raid".

"In my opinion, these places help keep weed regulated", she said.

Toronto police haven't confirmed if the two were arrested, and Cannabis Culture didn't have details on the charges against them.

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