CANNABIS CULTURE – Five owners of Cannabis Culture stores pleaded guilty today to marijuana charges in Ottawa court.
In exchange, over 180 charges were dropped against 17 CC staff members, who will walk free.
Marc Emery, Jodie Emery, Erin Goodwin, Chris Goodwin and Britney Guerra – known as the CC 5 – all accepted guilt for charges including possession for the purpose of trafficking and proceeds of crime, after being arrested and charged in Toronto police’s Project Gator.
The owners are not expected to be sentenced to any jail time, but will likely receive large fines as part of a plea arrangement.
Jodie Emery and other members of the CC 5 posted messages to social media today sharing the news of their guilty pleas.
I accepted a plea deal for 2 counts: possession for the purpose of trafficking & proceeds of crime.
I have a couple reasons for this, which I’ll explain after we are officially sentenced.
Sentencing will happen at 2:20pm after lunch break. I will post an update when we’re done. pic.twitter.com/S0KZ0QL2KM
— Jodie Emery (@JodieEmery) December 18, 2017
Today I am pleading guilty to two charges out of nine from the #projectgator @cannabisculture raids along with @jodieemery @marcscottemery @chrisgoodwin79 and @erinashleygoodwin. With our guilty pleas 17 people with roughly 181 charges combined will walk free. I am proud of our activism and looking forward to the future!!
Over the weekend, Cannabis Culture published an article by Jodie Emery titled “Cannabis Culture Dispensaries: What I Did, and Why”, which explains the history of CC Dispensary raids and arrests.
Cannabis Culture was targeted in ongoing Toronto police raids against marijuana dispensaries as Canada ramps up for the “legalization” of cannabis in Canada.
Provincial governments have announced plans for government monopolies over marijuana stores and distribution networks, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to give more money to police to enforce harsher penalties against those who are not part of the system.
Watch Cannabis Culture’s Twitter page for more updates on the trail against the CC 5.