I always want to know about badass women in Canada who are trying to make a difference and fight for what they believe in. It always makes my day!
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With the upcoming legalization of marijuana, it interested me, even more, to learn about Jodie Emery, the most famous female cannabis activist in Canada. She's been fighting in politics, business, and activism for the last 14 years, so it's about time she got a shoutout.
Not only does she care about providing safe, and legal ways for Canadians to access weed, but she is also married to Marc Emery the "Prince of Weed". They have a bunch of weed-related businesses that are kicking some serious ass.
She and her husband run a weed magazine called Cannabis Culture and she's the editor in chief. They also have a video platform called Pot TV, a line of dispensaries, head shops, and lounges.
Their 18 dispensaries are said to earn between $30,000 and $40,000 a day. So, they're not fooling around here. It's serious business with money in it. Their businesses are located in 3 provinces in Canada: BC, Ontario, and Quebec. They even have a location right here in Montreal on Amherst street.
Check out their website.
They've had several run-ins with the law. The worst was when Marc was arrested in 2010 for 5 years because he was selling seeds to Americans. He was even sentenced to serve his time in the U.S, so Jodie had to travel very far to visit him. Most recently, they were arrested and fined $195,000 for jumping the gun after the announcement of legalization.
Jodie was straight-up in court and told them that she knew what she was doing was illegal. She just hoped weed would be legal one day and wanted to impact the future of legalized cannabis.
She is definitely making her mark in the world seeing as she has even run for office. Jodie Emery ran for British Colombia's Marijuana Party and then for the Green Party, the third largest political party in BC in 2009 and 2013.
Jodie is all about encouraging women to join the industry. She wants them to be confident and strong about their ideas. Yet another glass ceiling to break.