CANNABIS CULTURE – Canada’s largest recreational marijuana dispensary chain will open ten (yes 10!) new marijuana stores in Montreal this month, with eight opening on the same day on Thursday, December 15. The other two locations will open before the end of the year.
That brings the total number of Cannabis Culture locations across the country to 22, in cities including Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Toronto, Peterborough, Hamilton and Montreal.
Founded by marijuana activist Marc Emery – known as the Prince of Pot to his fans – Cannabis Culture has used peaceful civil disobedience to fight for the legalization of marijuana for more than 20 years. Cannabis Culture is known around the globe as a trusted voice and pioneer of pot activism and the marijuana business community.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised that his government will introduce legislation to reform the country’s marijuana laws and legalize the production and distribution of the plant. Currently the production, sale and possession of cannabis remain illegal across Canada for recreational purposes.
“Peaceful civil disobedience has been the most effective way of changing marijuana laws in Canada,” Cannabis Culture CEO Jodie Emery said, “so we are continuing that approach with our expansion into cannabis retail storefronts. Montreal has a great opportunity to embrace this progressive business model and work on regulating cannabis storefronts in a fair, inclusive, and sensible way.”
The grand opening of Cannabis Culture’s Montreal stores comes just days after the release of a report by Canada’s governmental task force on the legalization of marijuana. Recommendations from the Task Force include legalizing the sale of cannabis to all Canadians 18 years and older at storefront locations across the country. Cannabis Culture does not ask customers for a medical card and sells to anyone 19 years and older.
Critics of the government’s plan say they aren’t moving fast enough and are encouraging Trudeau to decriminalize cannabis immediately, so no more Canadians are arrested or persecuted for choosing cannabis.
“Dispensaries are popular because they are safe, peaceful locations where adults can obtain cannabis in an open, accessible way,” Jodie said. “We are very pleased to be working on expanding into Montreal and many other cities across Canada. We are proud to be demonstrating what legalization should look like, serving the Canadian consumers who have suffered persecution for so many decades.”
Cannabis Culture owners Jodie and Marc Emery will hold a press conference at 10am tomorrow morning at 2200 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est to announce the new locations.
– 1863 Rue Amherst Montreal, H2L 3L7
– 1412 Pie-IX Boulevard, H1V 2C1
– 8870 St-Michel Boulevard, H1Z 3G4
– 7130 St-Laurent Boulevard, H2S 3E2
– 2200 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, H2H 1K4
– 3804 Saint Laurent Boulevard, H2W 1X6
– 1431B Rue Bishop, H3G 2E4
– 4961 Chemin Queen Mary, H3W 1X4