Pot activist Jodie Emery to open hemp-themed cafe in Kensington Market
Coffee shop will not sell cannabis-based products, unless current laws change
Jodie Emery is setting up shop in Kensington Market, launching a cafe that will occupy the space left behind by Casa Coffee, which recently closed.
Despite Emery’s history as a marijuana activist, the cafe will not sell cannabis-based products — yet.
“As an activist for cannabis legalization, I’ve always wanted to have the ‘Amsterdam model,’ where adults can enjoy coffee, cannabis and food in a cafe,” Emery said.
The cafe, cheekily named “Jodie’s Joint,” in reference to Emery’s self-described talent of joint rolling, is set to sell coffee and hemp-based foods.
Emery’s hope was that following legalization, a coffee and cannabis joint could be a reality for those hoping to indulge in both at the same time. While that won’t be possible under the coming legislation, Emery says that she “still loves coffee,” and has always dreamed of bringing the two together.
“In the absence of being able to actually do cannabis sales, I hope to make the coffee shop a hemp-themed thing,” Emery said. She hopes to start with the cafe, later introducing cannabis and cannabis-derived goods if laws eventually change.