Marc and Jodie Emery’s arrest in Toronto last week led to drug trafficking charges, but does it hint that more marijuana dispensaries should be concerned?
Dana Larsen with The Cannabis Dispensary isn’t exactly shaking in his boots despite the Emery’s arrest.
He says he’s spoken with Vancouver Police, who assured him the arrest of the ‘Prince and Princess of Pot’ out east was a Toronto Police effort.
“I’m not worried about raids, we’ve got our own challenges with the City of Vancouver, but they’re taking a much more nuanced approach and they’re using licensing fees, fines, and landlords and things like that to deal with the dispensaries that they don’t want to be around.”
One of Larsen’s locations on 800 East Hastings remains open despite not getting the green light from the Board of Variance.
But he says he’s confident the raids seen in Toronto are a thing of the past here.
“Across Canada, there’s more dispensaries than ever before and the vast majority of dispensaries never get raided. The ones that get raided, a good chunk of them have re-opened. I think this is a futile effort to hold back the tide of change.”
Larsen has walked in the Emery’s shoes before: he was arrested and charged with drug trafficking last year after handing out a million cannabis seeds.
He’s currently in Lethbridge, Alberta, handing out more.