A Canadian chain of recreational marijuana dispensaries is set to open eight illegal shops Thursday on the island of Montreal.

Cannabis Culture, which is co-owned by activists Jodie and Marc Emery, already has stores in British Columbia and Ontario.

The chain plans to open a total of 10 shops in Montreal by the end of the month, and eight of them are opening on Thursday. The remaining two locations have yet to be disclosed and are expected to open by the end of the month.

Up until now, the Montreal locations have been kept under wraps, although CBC-Radio-Canada obtained the addresses of two shops earlier this week.

Montreal police declined CBC's request for an interview, but a spokesperson said in an email that police intervene when there are violations of the law that governs drugs and other substances.

Earlier this week, Mayor Denis Coderre said he supports decriminalization, but added the current law should be applied for the time being.

Montrealers can buy recreational marijuana at 8 different illegal storefronts starting Thursday - Montreal - CBC News