Pubdate: Mon, 20 Apr 2015
Source: Metro (Vancouver, CN BC)
Copyright: 2015 Metro Canada
Author: Matt Kieltyka
Page: A1


Weed advocate set to make return to 4/20 smoke-up

The "Prince of Pot" says Vancouver still leads the charge toward
marijuana tolerance as he gets ready to celebrate his first 4/20 since
being released from a U.S. prison.

More than 25,000 people are expected to attend the annual smoke-up
outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, first started 21 years ago by
activist Marc Emery and his Cannabis Culture enterprise.

Emery, released Aug. 12, 2014 after serving a five-year sentence for
selling marijuana seeds to American clients, told Metro that he's
returned to a Vancouver that remains one of the most pot-tolerant
cities in North America, despite the fact several U.S. states and
districts have moved toward legalization and regulation during his

"I've been back eight months now and I've noticed a rapid expansion of
our exclusive Vancouver 'legalization' scenario. It's much further
along than I though it would be when I was released," he said.

While marijuana is not yet legal here, Emery says Vancouver's stance
on decriminalization and tolerance has created a safe environment for
marijuana-related businesses to thrive. Cannabis varieties and price
points are more competitive here than in states like Washington and
Colorado that have legalized the drug, Emery says.
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