Canada’s “Prince of Pot” and Leader of the BC Marijuana Party, Marc Emery, will deliver a two-hour “Farewell” speech on Monday night at the Vancouver Public Library at 6pm.
Marc Emery’s Farewell Tour: Vancouver, Sponsored by the BC Marijuana Party and WhyProhibition.ca
Vancouver Public Library, Alma & Peter Room, 350 West Georgia Street
Monday, August 17th – 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Marc Emery’s fans and supporters have raised money to bring him and his wife Jodie to cities across Canada on a “Farewell Tour”. Vancouver is the 22nd of 30 cities holding an event, with attendance ranging between 30 and 300 people in various venues.
Marc Emery’s motivational and educational speech discusses the uses and benefits of cannabis hemp, the failure of prohibition, and the Conservative government’s Bill C-15, which implements American-style mandatory minimum prison sentences for marijuana and drug convictions. Bill C-15 already passed through the House of Commons, so Emery is rallying Canadians to contact their Senators urging them to prevent it from becoming law.
Emery also encourages people to help bring him back to Canada once he begins a US prison sentence this fall for selling marijuana seeds. He has agreed to a plea deal with the US Federal Justice Department for a 5-year prison sentence, and expects to begin his incarceration at the end of September.
The alternative to a plea deal would be to continue with the extradition process and ultimately be forced into the USA to be tried and sentenced to a minimum 30 years – or possible life imprisonment – in US federal prison based on three conspiracy charges. Emery is hoping for a prison transfer but may need supporters to petition the Canadian government for help, as the Conservatives are refusing to transfer Canadian drug offenders from US prisons based on so-called “national security” concerns.
Emery sold marijuana seeds through the mail and in his store in Vancouver, but never went to or operated in the USA. He declared and paid $600,000 in Income Tax over the years he was in business selling seeds, and ran in numerous elections at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration admitted in a press release the day of Emery’s arrest that it was “a significant blow to … the marijuana legalization movement … Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery’s illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.”
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