Prince of Pot Says U.S. Votes Set Stage for Softer Marijuana Laws in B.C.

It tasted like vindication to B.C.’s Marc Emery, the prince of pot and a clarion voice for 20 years in the debate over legalizing marijuana.

Voters in Colorado and Washington state decided Tuesday to create new legal regulatory regimes for cannabis that allow personal possession for those over 21 starting next month, and envision production and retail outlets in a year or so.

Emery, who helped finance the crusade to Free the Weed for roughly 15 years, couldn’t have asked for more.

“This is the greatest achievement in 75 years of fighting to repeal the marijuana prohibition,” he said in an email from the Mississippi penitentiary where he is serving five years for selling mail-order pot seeds from Vancouver.

“This will make my remaining 609 days in this U.S. federal prison a gentler cross to bear.”

In Emery’s view, the milestone wins will reverberate around the globe, especially in B.C., where they will influence a marijuana advocacy group’s campaign for a provincial referendum on the issue.

“The I-502 campaign is a model for success that can be emulated elsewhere, and should be,” he added.

While Emery was often surrounded by a smoky haze, those behind the New Approach Washington Coalition basked in their success late Tuesday night sparking nary a joint.

Gregg Holcomb instead poured fine bourbons, premium tequila, champagne …

– Read the entire article at The Vancouver Sun.

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14 Comments

  1. JamesNseattle on

    We legalized here in Washington and over in Colorado on the state level… Our big bad Leroy Brown (FEDERAL GOVERNMENT) maintains the same position.. Marijuana is classified with Heroine and Mark is going to rot there, because the USA Prison Industrial Complex doesn’t want to loose its cash cow.. MARIJUANA PROHIBITION!!!

  2. Anonymous on

    With 40 yrs of activism I don’t blame you for being pissed. Still I gotta say as corny as it is…it’s always darkest before the dawn. Our day is coming, and it’s people like you who have made it possible. Peace & Pot!

  3. Anonymous on

    40 years of Canadian activism and we are now in a worse situation than we were before.I am not talking about what goes on in the US but really what is happening right now in Canada.Force is to conclude that all the Canadians who have devoted their time,money and energy to make the marijuana cause step forward have on the contrary resulted in a canadian justice system more than ever before unsympathetic about the marijuana cause.The more we talk and the nicer we try to get with the politicians the harder they hit the marijuana community. Cheer up for our neighbors because that is all you will be able to afford in this f…… country !!!

  4. Anonymous on

    40 years of Canadian activism and we are now in a worse situation than we were before.I am not talking about what goes on in the US but really what is happening right now in Canada.Force is to conclude that all the Canadians who have devoted their time,money and energy to make the marijuana cause step forward have on the contrary resulted in a canadian justice system more than ever before unsympathetic about the marijuana cause.The more we talk and the nicer we try to get with the politicians the harder they hit the marijuana community. Cheer up for our neighbors because that is all you will be able to afford in this f…… country !!!

  5. Anonymous on

    for a university educated person maybe you failed cannabis 101.For making rope ,oil and cosmetic, hemp plant is sufficient no need for cannabis.Cannabis is used as a drug that can be smoked because it contains THC resin while hemp does not.High scale cultivation of cannabis is not desirable for any true lover of cannabis plant.Small scale cultivation from many different growers is best.Cannabis is a plant that needs tender loving care,attention,needs to be talked to and treated like a member of the family.Small scale cultivation will benefit small scale growers and provide more varieties and regional flavors and smells than your industrialized large scale cultivation in pesticides contaminated soils.

  6. Anonymous on

    I stand with what I wrote.It is not in my project to become the Marc Emery of the east. There is only one Marc Emery and besides I dont have 1% of the stamina that Marc has.Maybe it would have been a good idea from our dear fellows americans to free Marc Emery before thinking to legalize pot.The Emery couple has all the right in the world to celebrate with the Americans on this historic breakthrough and celebrate with alcohol if they wish so and if their style of activism includes the US let it be so.Instead of titling the column Prince of Pot Says U.S. Votes Set Stage for Softer Marijuana Laws in B.C.it would in my view have been more appropriate to write Prince of POt Says US Votes set stage for softer marijuana laws in Canada.
    At about the same time Colorado and Washington state legalize marijuana, the Canadian people from BC to PEI are hit with inhumane laws from the canadian JUstice department making Canada look like a nation of retarded people instead of being the champion of innovation in the first place and I believe that Canada SHOULD HAVE BEEN the very first nation in the world to legalize marijuana not Colorado and Washington.I will defend to right of every Canadian wherever they are in Canada to grow cannabis plants in their outdoor gardens if they wish so and in the meantime the federal government intolerance on marijuana users is intenable and contrary to the lifestyle wished by many Canadians.A majority of Canadians now want marijuana to become legal and because of Harpers views there are Quebecers,Manitobans,Ontarians that are being jailed again and again. This systems got to stop and if there is not national unity on this issue then it should be up to every province to create its own marijuana laws but as far as I am concerned,Canada no longer exist as a country.Thats why I think Quebec should have its own pot laws and regulation because the federal system HAS BEEN FAILING ALL CANADIANS IN A VERY MISERABLE MANNER !

  7. gutrod on

    I believe that you are not right. Marc has campaigned for the legalization of cannabis in Canada which means changing federal laws. For his efforts he is serving 5 years in an American gulag on our behalf. Show some gratitude.

  8. gutrod on

    The American & now the Canadian Federal Justice System is designed to severely punish anyone involved in the distribution of pot whether it is for recreational or medicinal use, thereby eliminating the source.Unfortunately, Marc Emery is being made an example of & will likely have to complete 100% of his sentence. To accept parole you must bend over for the parole board & show remorse. On top of that there would be parole restrictions like stay away from alcohol, drugs & anyone with a criminal conviction which could be for possession of a roach.
    Marc: tuff it out. You will be much better off for it in the long run.

  9. Anonymous on

    Are you for real? Do you know anything about Marc at all? He has been fighting for legalization all across the country for years! BC has the best chance of starting change and Marc just happens to live here because the pot rocks, the weather is great, and we have the wild Pacific ocean at our doorstep. So why not start here? And if you actually read a CC every once in a while you would know about all of the activism Marc has contributed to, in the rest of this country as well as others around the world. So before you go spouting off again looking like some angry uneducated douchebag from Quebec ( the vocal few of you that there are have been making the rest of the good and civilized majority of Quebecois look like jerks for years) educate yourself to all the facts. BTW maybe YOU should try to do something where you live to help the cause instead of attacking a hero because he was busy working elsewhere.

  10. Anonymous on

    I believe that it is the duty of all of us to spread the word. I have been a Cannabis advocate for over 30 years. I am also a University educated professional in the public practice of accounting and tax. In short, prohibition of this commodity makes little sense from any standpoint. That message needs to be repeated to our leaders and representatives. Aside from the immediate cost-savings arising from de-commissioning of enforcement, prosecution and prisoner maintenance, there are a multitude of benefits arising out of high scale cultivation.

    High scale cultivation benefits farmers across the country, putting many back into the black. The plant itself, while wonderful as a recreational & social asset, is incredibly useful in the manufacture of foods, cooking oil, industrial applications, rope manufacture, clothing manufacture, plastics etc.etc. In many ways a boon to mankind.

    North America needs Cannabis cultivation and sale, and we have been robbed of it’s multitude benefits by the ministrations of the alcohol industry and those who associated the use of Cannabis with hispanic and african immigrants and their descendants. This is not a drug and we are only now beginning to realize the benefits of it’s use.

  11. Capital G on

    Hey don’t take this wrong but maybe becoming a part of , or helping out, NORML,Quebec ( I guess there is a chapter) and maybe try and become the Marc Emery of the east if you wish will help a little bit more than your approach…But please don’t crap on Marc for being an activist that happens to live in BC, put in a hell of a lot of time and effort to fight prohibition and get the truth of the herb out in the public eye, and, oh yeah, is presently sitting in an American prison for another 600 plus days just for what he was trying to do for ALL people who understand that prohibition of the herb is a failed policy. He hasn’t come by my home or province either , but I’ll never hold it against him.

  12. Anonymous on

    well as long as its legal in BC its OK.Emery does not give a damn about whats going on in the rest of Canada.That way all the tokers for the rest of Canada will go and encourage the BC pot industry.Thank you Marc for caring so much about whats going on in the rest of the country.Come to think of it maybe indeed Quebec should declare independance from the rest of Canada and have its own marijuana regulation

  13. Anonymous cannabus on

    Will these new changes have any effect on sending Marc home?

  14. SnoCore on

    Things are far from over. We’ve reached the tilting point but even at this stage things can still falter backwards. Right now, we need to be watching the justices. They stated before this voting went down that they are prepared to overrule the law. Are they going to get a life and focus their resources on real drugs and criminal activity, and as for the politicians – focus on the economy and Iran.

    I think one maneuver that should be taken is getting everyone, within reason, out of all levels of office and positions that matter in this political movement so we have no objectors (or limited opposition in general) to guarantee more victories

    What I attempt to do is speak openly about it(specially to those timid about talking about it publically). Educate the ignorant while breakin the bubble of timid people. I’m a college student and in school I make known I both smoke and am for legalization while demo’ing my ability to get really good grades in all my classes (with out even trying I might add). Break the stereotype that stoners are dumb, aren’t health conscientious(like we don’t work out or eat healthy due to the fact we enjoy cannabis), or motivated. I try to also be level headed/balanced about it because shy timid types(or anti’s) will just be overwhelmed by overly zealous people.

    I’m sleepy and rambling lol I’ve also been having really bad muscle spasms since I haven’t smoked since August-dealer moved to KY and his buddy who took over moved to MI shortly after(i’m in FL). Going to smoke when I go home to NY for christmas though . I have a spinal injury(broke c 1,2,6,7 in a car accident).

    sleepy head out!

    We’ve gain ground, but we need to plan other stuff to gain more.