Marc Emery Continues Fight For Business Licenses

CANNABIS CULTURE – Cannabis Culture editor Marc Emery will be back in front of Vancouver City Council members tomorrow morning to continue the fight for his business licenses.

The City of Vancouver has refused to grant several business licenses to Emery’s limited company, Avalon Sunsplash Ltd., which owns and operates the CCHQ Store, Cannabis Culture Magazine,, and the 420 Convenience store.

Emery appeared in front of the Council on May 19, 2009, but the meeting ended unresolved due to time constraints. At the meeting Barbara Windsor, the city’s chief license inspector, told City Council members that she refused to grant the licenses because of Emery’s 2004 marijuana trafficking conviction for passing a joint at a political rally in Saskatchewan, and police reports that marijuana was being consumed on business premises.

Under questioning by Emery’s lawyer Kirk Tousaw, Windsor admitted that she had not investigated the circumstances before the denial. She was also forced to admit that after nine years of operation in the current location at 307 West Hastings St., Emery’s businesses had never received a single complaint – and that there was no real evidence of any laws being broken in regard to pot on the premises.

“The police, after colluding with the DEA four years ago, are frustrated that they haven’t got rid of me,” Emery said. “I’m still around; and now, rather than trying criminal law or extradition, they’re trying regulatory agencies to get me out of town.

“By not giving a license to Cannabis Culture Magazine and, they’re trying to censor us through regulation, and trying to compromise a media organization that’s very political, anti-establishment, and against the status quo – although very much in tune with the Vancouver public’s point of view.”

Click here to read more about Marc Emery and CCHQ’s battle for business licenses.

Click here to read the City of Vancouver’s meeting announcement.

The meeting takes place at 9:00am on July 21, 2009 at Vancouver City Hall.


1 Comment

  1. Freedom Fighters on

    Along time ago we had no rights that today people take so easily for granted, to find a Bong was a treasure because the Law made these simple items contraband and you only had rolling papers and your own creativity. It was people like Marc Emery who is the frontier of these times that people so easily take for granted simply do not think of and the fact that it is possible to go backwards once more and lose what precious freedoms we’ve gained this far.

    People like Marc Emery come only once in a rare lifetime to be able to see the world and effectively make changes in areas that help causes and has shown to be an amazing motivator, while sharing us knowledge, enough for us all who sat in our closets in fear of our Government while he taught, “You are not alone, Knowledge is their to defend with real truths”. So people like me and others who want to reach out and help that one person in the crowd to save someone but can’t, won’t or just don’t know how to help that person or even themselves. Marc is that one person, no matter what the criticisms out their may be, The screaming voice coming from the crowd yelling for help that everyone ignores and walks by, Marc reached out and so many others became strengthened and appeared from the crowd ready to help, when just before they stood in apprehension saying to themselves “What can I do?”

    It takes that one Leader from the crowd and soon you have the movement but if that one person never steps forward then it becomes the same repetitive sad story of, what can I do and nothing gets done. Marc said I know what to do and now he’s taking the bullet for being on that front line for us and it seems to me to be pretty honorable when the funds that he received went back to our cause and has nothing to his name to show for it but our memories and how we remember him. Sure Marc might have had multiple personal reasons which gave him his push but no one can say they have reached in this country as far as Marc has for changing the many Ignorant peoples minds from old misinformation of lies to the now we know inalienable rights and truths. This Man gave it all away and is possibly about to lose many years and we will look back and see what he sacrificed just to make it so we the people don’t have to hide like we are ashamed and instead yell I am a better person because of Cannabis. I am thankful to Marc Emery who showed me I am not alone and I should not be ashamed but be proud to choose a safer healthier lifestyle from the ones that Society forces upon us by limiting us.

    So when Marc does come back, hopefully; someone will stand at the front line trying to make changes on our behalf until that day and see it might take bigger shoes then they ever thought possible.

    Sorry to put you way up high on that pedestal Marc but someone has to be up their or there would be no Gandhi or Luther Martin King and you have that job for our cause in this country to help take away the draconian Laws that hold us down and I hope we remember this when he comes back and we may find that after time we have already lost Marc this day forever because prison does change you on the inside and could damage our Leader.

    Thanks again Marc for what you are giving up; I hope you know you did reach many and you did take away the frustrations and fears by giving us truer knowledge, a lot of us are no longer alone in our lives thinking maybe society is right and we are bad people. We all now stand a little taller because you gave us weapons of Mass Knowledge and now we can be armed with more truth than the deception imposed on us by our Governments.
    Thank you and God bless you, MARC EMERY.

    Please give till it hurts if you can and try and make Marcs stay a little less like hell.