Marc Emery Claims Victory in Drug War
Vancouver cannabis crusader Marc Emery may be facing two more frustrating years behind bars in the Deep South of the United States. But he's more confident than ever he's winning the war on drug prohibition.
The Prince of Pot believes the drug legalization campaign he's waged for more than 30 years is already over at the "intellectual" level. And it's only a matter of time before marijuana and other recreational drugs are sold in stores in Canada and the U.S. - and taxed and regulated just like liquor and cigarettes.
"The end of prohibition is close, five years for marijuana or less," he told me from inside the U.S. federal correctional complex where he's serving a five-year term for selling marijuana seeds. "And I can take a lot of credit for it."
Crisply dressed in khaki prison fatigues and black boots, Emery said he was heartened that John McKay, the former U.S. attorney who helped put Emery in jail, has had a Saul-on the-road-to-Damascus conversion and is now championing a Washington State initiative to legalize pot.
He's also encouraged that a raft of Canadian VIPs, including four former B.C. attorneys-general, have jumped on the decriminalization bandwagon.
"I'm running out of people who disagree with me anymore," the pot entrepreneur quipped, as we sipped pop together inside the visitors' area of the massive, razor-wire-clad jail northwest of the Mississippi state capital of Jackson.
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