B.C. marijuana store raided, leader arrested
Police raided a marijuana seed store run by the B.C. Marijuana Party leader in Vancouver Friday, apparently at the request of U.S. authorities in Seattle.
As a result of the 11 a.m. raid, two people were arrested in Vancouver, and Marijuana Party leader Marc Emery was picked up in Nova Scotia.
The warrant cited a request from U.S. officials.
The charges are:
Conspiracy to manufacture marijuana;
Conspiracy to sell marijuana sell marijuana seeds;
Conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Party spokesperson Kirk Tousaw, reached at the store in Vancouver, said he had not spoken to Emery since the raid.
"I can express a pretty significant disappointment that police would choose to go this route to go after Marc and others who have been operating there for years with no harm to anyone," Tousaw told CTV.ca News.
"The timing stinks. They do it on Friday so that they can keep you in jail the maximum amount of time before you can be released on bail," said Tousaw.
Emery's operation on West Hastings houses a head shop, a book store, the headquarters for PotTV and the operations behind an Internet-based seeds sales company.
The seed business alone is said to be worth $1 million a year.
U.S. officials will hold a news conference in Seattle later today to discuss the case.
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