Surrender of the "Prince of Pot"
After a farewell speech to fans, supporters, and the press last week, the 51-year old Canadian cannabis activist Marc Emery turned himself over to authorities at the B.C. Supreme Courthouse. Subject of a widely-publicized campaign against current marijuana legislation, Emery continued to hold his head high as the stoic ‘Prince of Pot’, even just before being taken into custody for potential extradition to the US.
He faces charges by the US DEA for distributing cannabis seeds from Canada to the US via a mail order business which earned him millions of dollars in the mid-90s. He is currently appealing to serve his jail sentence in Canada, hoping to avoid any time across the American border. Over the past decade plus, the ever-strident Emery made great waves with his “Outgrow the Government” campaign of seed distribution and sales, skirting the fringe of Canadian marijuana laws to accomplish his activist and libertarian goals regardless of any roadblocks in his path. President of the Marijuana Party, he also started and ran a bookstore & head-shop complete with vapor lounge in downtown Vancouver, which now operates under different ownership, but stays close to the heart of Emery’s cause.
Click on the link below for Marc Emery’s online magazine “Cannabis Culture”:
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