Pubdate: Tue, 29 Sep 2009
Source: Metro (Vancouver, CN BC)
Page: Front Page
Copyright: 2009 Metro Canada
Author: Jeff Hodson


'Unrepentant' Cannabis Crusader Turns Himself in for Extradition

With his wife Jodie at his side, Prince of Pot Marc Emery ended his
last press conference as a free person yesterday by raising his hand
to his temple and saluting supporters outside B.C.'s Supreme Court.

"I feel proud about everything that I've done," Emery told reporters
before he entered the Law Courts and surrendered himself for
extradition to the U.S.

"I don't feel bad about anything. I won't be repentant. I won't be
apologizing to any judge. My only regret is that I couldn't do more."

Emery, 51, will be extradited - a process that should take about a
month - as part of a deal that will see him plead guilty in a Seattle
courtroom to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

Emery said he faces a five-year prison sentence in an "alien jail,"
but added he could be back on the streets in a year's time if he is
transferred back to Canada to serve his sentence.

The long-time pot activist was arrested in 2005 at the request of U.S.
agents for allegedly selling marijuana seeds through the mail.

"I'm being made to pay," Emery said. "I did sell those seeds so that
people could overgrow the government."

He claims he gave away $4 million, from 1994 to 2005, in support of
marijuana advocacy and political campaigns.

He is the leader of the B.C. Marijuana Party; the publisher of
Cannabis Culture Magazine; and the owner of the Cannabis Culture
Headquarters store on Hastings Street.

"I'm the Prince of Pot for a good reason," Emery said. "I've probably
run the largest scale revolution that has no bodies. There are no
victims, no dead people in my revolution that is fronted by a
beautiful plant." 
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