Cannabis Culture, a Canadian chain of recreational pot dispensaries is co-owned by Marc and Jodie Emery, and has locations in Ontario and British Columbia, man.
The Emerys are, in effect, saying 'screw it--we're bringing our shops into Montreal and we don't really care that it's currently against federal law to sell recreational marijuana in Canada.' They're just now actually saying it.
The federal government is expected to table legislation legalizing cannabis in the spring.
The Emerys plan to open ten shops in Montreal by the end of this month, and eight of those are to open Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Stoned Time. The other two locations are slated to open at the end of December but the locations haven't yet been disclosed.
Cannabis Culture has experienced run-ins with law enforcement in the past. A number of their dispensaries were raided by police in Ontario. Employees were charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime.
But this Justin, Trudeau kind of digs pot. And Cannabis Culture is doing so well that they provide legal representation if you get busted and charged.
Right now we don't know what the Montreal police are going to do once the stores open but a spokesman for the law said that they will intervene when there are violations of the law that governs drugs and other substances.
That means they will intervene if the shops open and have cannabis on the premises.
But we'll see, eh.