Prince and Princess of Pot to attend Campbell River marijuana event

The “Prince and Princess of Pot” will be in Campbell River to attend an information session July 20 in support of local marijuana dispensary Wee Medical and the issue of “reasonable access” to medical marijuana.

The event will be attended by legalization activists Jodie and Marc Emery and comes on the heels of a second raid of the local marijuana dispensar.

On June 30, the Campbell River Street Crime Unit executed a second search warrant at a business front in the 800 block of 13th Ave. In a press release, Campbell River RCMP said an investigation led by the Street Crime Unit revealed that the storefront continues to allegedly sell marijuana, marijuana extract and marijuana edibles to the public.

The business does not have authorization from Health Canada to be involved in the sale of medical marijuana and is selling marijuana and other products contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and the regulations governing the sale of medical marijuana.

The store manager was arrested and released. Two other employees and a customer were briefly detained, identified and released.

Wee Medical’s Facebook page said “Wee (sic) are honoured to host Marc and Jodie Emery on the 20th (next Wednesday). They are the most influential cannabis-legalization activists the world has ever seen, and they will be speaking and answering your questions in Spirit Square from 4-6 p.m. Grab a coffee, grab your friends and come share some knowledge with the Prince and Princess of Pot.”

Marc Emery has been a prominent activist for the reform of marijuana laws. He has been jailed numerous times, most recently in 2009 in the United States where he served a five-year jail term for selling mail-order cannabis seeds. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Jodie.

The June 30 seizure at Wee Medical included many marijuana products but of particular concern was THC-infused candy shaped like popular children’s candies and other edibles sold in poorly labelled and unsafe plastic bags, police said.

“The seizure of edibles which may appeal to children is concerning for the RCMP, we would like the public to be aware of the presence of these items being sold in Campbell River. It is important for parents to know these products exist in order to ensure their children are not consuming them or over looked them, because they are not in the usual form of drugs,” said Const. Clark, Media Relations Officer for Campbell River RCMP. “If you have questions about how to talk to you kids about drugs, and illegal substances please visit our RCMP Substance Abuse Resource page.”

The sale of marijuana through a storefront is not legal in Canada. Federal regulations only allow for medical marijuana to be obtained through mail via an authorized licenced producer.

For more information on medicinal marijuana regulations in Canada you can refer to the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.

This is the second search warrant executed at the same business, in under three months. Joel Wilson, 44, of Campbell River, has been charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking, in relation to a search warrant executed on April 14.