CBC Newsworld’s weekly documentary show The Lens launched its 2007 fall season with “Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery”, director Nick Wilson’s provocative, entertaining and hard-hitting documentary about Marc Emery’s current extradition battle. “Prince of Pot” re-aired on January 22 and again on Tuesday, June 10th.
The DEA wants to have Marc Emery extradited to the United States to face life in prison. Is it about marijuana seeds, political dissidence, or national sovereignty? Should Marc Emery be extradited to America, or should he serve time in Canada — and can Canadians do anything about it? “Prince Of Pot” can also be seen here on YouTube.
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Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery
Canadian Marc Emery, Canada’s most prominent marijuana legalization activist, is at the top of the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s Most Wanted List and now faces extradition to the US and possible life imprisonment. His crime — selling marijuana seeds over the Internet. An occupation he has never denied. In fact, for more than a decade he has dutifully filed his income tax returns in Canada stating his occupation as “marijuana seed seller”. He paid his taxes and was left alone by the Canadian authorities. However, Canada’s RCMP suddenly and willingly cooperated when the DEA got him in their sights.
Widely known as “The Prince of Pot,” Emery is the joint smoking publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, founder of the BC Marijuana Party and a lifelong rabble-rouser. And now, according to the DEA, one of the most wanted men in the drug world, up there with the heads of Columbian cocaine cartels, and the top drug trafficker in North America.
His story is the prism through which director Nick Wilson examines the touchy issue of sovereignty, the long reach of US drug laws, and Canadian pot culture while spending the summer embedded at the Emery defense headquarters.
Emery believes marijuana is a wonderful, healing drug and that current laws are unconstitutional, inhumane, and detrimental to society, far outweighing the damage done to people by the drug itself. No Canadian has ever gone to jail for selling seeds, and in 35 years only two people have been charged — the last got a $200 fine. Yet Emery faces 30 years to life in prison under US drug laws if he is extradited to face trail there.
“Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery” follows Emery through the summer and fall as he plots his defense, attends court hearings and tries to clear the names of his two friends who now face the same fate as him.
The Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery is directed by Nick Wilson and produced by Anne Pick, Real to Reel Productions (Toronto).
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“Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery”
Watch this Pot-TV video interview with Jodie Emery, Marc Emery, and “Prince of Pot” Director Nick Wilson!