Smokey grey clouds circled overhead and rose from a downtown park teeming with pro-pot supporters yesterday, who gave the country’s “prince” a royal sendoff.
Marc Emery made the fifth of his 32-stop farewell tour yesterday. The man dubbed “Prince of Pot” will be hitting every major Canadian city before turning himself in to U.S. authorities in the fall.
“This is a lifelong battle, even if pot is legal one day, there will always be some tyrant trying to recriminalize it,” he said, adding his impending incarceration is for a “victimless” and “transparent” crime.
The marijuana legalization activist is ending a four-year flight from extradition. He’s sought on three charges for selling pot seeds across the border via mail, through his pot culture magazine Cannabis Culture.
“Essentially, I sold seeds to consenting adults in the United States,” he said, adding U.S. authorities determined the four-to-six million seeds he sold in the U.S. would have yielded 1.1 million pounds of pot.
“They say that makes me the largest trafficker in the history of the U.S. criminal justice system. They decided if they can take me down, it will stop the movement. It won’t.”
Officials have agreed to drop two of three charges in exchange for a guilty plea. Emery expects to serve five years in an American prison for one count of drug trafficking, though he hopes he’ll be able to serve his time in a Canadian prison.
“I don’t think of myself as suffering. My destiny is secure. I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and we’ve made a lot of progress,” he said. “Canadians need to know ending prohibition is the most valuable political act of our time.”
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