Pubdate: Tue, 18 Aug 2009
Source: Vancouver 24hours (CN BC)
Copyright: 2009 Canoe Inc
Author: Alissa McArthur, Staff Writer


The Prince of Pot hosted a farewell party/talk in Vancouver last night
as part of his "Farewell Tour" before his incarceration in the U.S.
this fall.

Pot activist Marc Emery is touring Canada for a last hurrah in favour
of legalizing marijuana before he pleads guilty to a charge of
conspiracy to manufacture marijuana for selling marijuana seeds to

Emery is turning himself in to the U.S. Department of Justice rather
than await extradition and expects to spend up to five years in jail.

Emery is resigned to doing hard time and, for now, is committed to
spreading his message: Marijuana prohibition exacerbates gang problems.

"Prohibition laws are manufacturing more sophisticated criminals," he

"All jails are run by gangs, and these young 19-year-olds who go to
jail for small-time [pot] charges are making gang ties and are
expected to maintain gang activity once they get out."

The activist is petitioning to serve his sentence in Canada, but once
he enters prison in the U.S., his supporters will have to lobby on his

If Emery serves his sentence in Canada, he would be eligible for early
parole as a non-violent, first-time offender.

In the U.S., he will have to serve the full five years.

Emery will continue to run the B.C. Marijuana Party from jail, while
his wife Jodie will take over their business, Cannabis Culture magazine. 
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