Justice Canada Warns Citizens: Recreational Marijuana ‘Still Illegal Everywhere’

The report says about 20 per cent of the pot produced in Canada last year was sold outside the country.
The report says about 20 per cent of the pot produced in Canada last year was sold outside the country. (Image via AP)

Jodie Emery, a prominent pot activist, who together with her husband Marc Emery, pleaded guilty to a number of drugs-related charges in a Toronto court, replied back to the Justice Ministry in a tweet, saying the government still intends to “keep harming people with harsh pots laws in the future.”

In a country where people spend as much on marijuana as wine, Justice Canada is reminding citizens that selling or possessing non-medical cannabis is “still illegal everywhere” in the North American country.

The Justice Ministry also attached a link to its tweet over Canada’s current cannabis laws, sending a major warning sign to all Canadians not to violate the law.

The tweet garnered some mild reaction on Wednesday. But Jodie Emery, a prominent Canadian cannabis rights activist, known as the Princess of Weed, pitches in.  

In a reply to people, who dismissed the ministry’s statement, Emery, a Kamloops native, said: “It’s because they don’t want to apologize for the harm they’ve caused in the past – because they intend to keep harming people with harsh pot laws in the future.”

The prominent pot activist, together with her husband Marc Emery, have both pleaded guilty to drug-related charges recently.

Jodie Emery told CBC in an interview on Monday that the Toronto court has fined them $195,000 each.

The two have also received two years probation and cannot operate any marijuana dispensaries as they are still deemed illegal in Canada.

Another Twitter user by the name of Darko Belic lashed at the ministry’s cautionary remark, saying “it is immoral to charge people with an offence which won’t exist in a few months.”

Legalizing recreational weed was one of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s election promises. However, his firm resolute to fully legalize marijuana by July, 2018, on Canada Day, the country’s national day, was met with stiff resistance from Conservatives, who want to see Bill C-45 or the Cannabis Act delayed as much as possible.

Trudeau surprised many Canadians, who want to see recreational cannabis legalized, when he said on Tuesday that “next summer,” and not July 1, is the date cannabis will become legal nationwide.

In another example of Canadian government unchanged policy towards marijuana, Edmonton police in mid-December raided two allegedly illegal dispensaries, one of them from a “store-front location,” where investigators seized large quantities of cannabis products, including edibles.

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