Pot ac­tivist Jodie Emery to open hemp-themed cafe in Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket

Cof­fee shop will not sell cannabis-based prod­ucts, un­less cur­rent laws change

StarMetro Toronto - - TORONTO - Jenna Moon

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.

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