The “Prince of Pot” has returned to Canada.
Marc Emery, a Vancouver resident arrested for selling marijuana seeds to the American customers in May 2010, returned to Canada Aug. 12 through the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel after serving nearly five years in a U.S. prison.
After being greeted at the tunnel by his wife Jodie and a crowd of supporters, Emery, 56, said his time in prison hasn’t changed the passion he has for getting marijuana legalized.
“It’s not about the right to get high - there is no right to get high - it’s about the right to live an honest lifestyle without being punished or going to jail,” said Emery.
Emery also said his sentence in the U.S. taught him patience and he’s willing to do it again for the right cause.
“I’ve had to endure five years of my life in an American prison for my principles and those principles are worth more to me than anything else in the world,” said Emery. “I would go to jail again, and I may go to jail again if I have to, of course always for a transparent cause.”
Emery pleaded guilty to the charges in 2010 after being extradited to Seattle. He was released July 9 after almost four-and-a-half years, having earned 235 days of good conduct, but was held in a Louisiana detention facility for processing.
Reena Rampersad, a Windsor activist who attended the rally, said Emery’s release means the legalization movement is likely to gain more life.
“In addition to the fact that he’s brought about more awareness in everybody, he’s going to come out and revitalize a lot of where he left off and the momentum he created” said Rampersad.
Jodie, who traveled to Windsor this morning, said that the “revenge” Marc plans to work on when he’s back in Canada is political change.
“Political revenge is about getting back at the government the only peaceful way we can - through the ballot box on voting day,” said Jodie. “It’s either violent revolution, which I will not have part in, or peaceful political revenge on the one day Canadians get the chance.”
Emery repeated Jodie’s statement, saying one of his missions now is to tell people to vote and in his opinion, vote for the Liberal Party of Canada because of its stance on marijuana legalization.
“I’m just an ordinary Canadian who’s going to go around and tell people to get out and vote,” said Emery. “I’m just going to tell people we (have) to change the way things are done regarding marijuana prohibition and get out and vote.”
Emery and Jodie will return to Vancouver Aug. 17. They have a 30-city Canadian tour later this year as well as talks planned in various universities and colleges. They also will start another tour in September 2015 to continue raising awareness about legalization efforts leading up to the federal election.