The “Prince of Pot” believes that Vancouver is using the upcoming Olympics as a last-ditch effort to boot him out of town.

Marc Emery, outspoken pot activist and leader of the B.C. Marijuana Party, has never needed a business licence for his various Hastings Street stores because they operated under the umbrella of his political party.

With the Games approaching, however, he feels Vancouver police are nagging city hall to turn up the heat and close the businesses: the 420 Convenience Store, the Cannabis Culture store and Cannabis Culture magazine’s administrative office.

“This is the last great chance for the Conservative government to get rid of us,” he said yesterday, adding that he has complied with every government, health and safety order to date.