There’s A Smoky Celebration In East Vancouver Today Ahead Of Marc Emery’s Release From Prison

Today (July 9) is the official end of Marc Emery’s five-year sentence for selling marijuana seeds to customers in the U.S.

To mark the occasion, a “smoky celebration” is planned for 4 p.m. at Cannabis Culture Headquarters at 307 West Hastings Street.

However, Vancouver’s Prince of Pot isn’t actually scheduled for release until tomorrow (July 10), at which point he will be transferred from Yazoo City Prison in Mississippi into the custody of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. (Yazoo doesn’t release inmates on Wednesdays.)

How long Emery spends in the hands of border security is entirely up to that bureaucracy. His wife, Jodie Emery, previously told the Straight that the couple expects to be reunited in Windsor, Ontario, in the late summer. Past precedents suggest it’s possible the transfer might not be completed until as late as sometime in September.

Speaking to the Straight from Yazoo City Prison in June, Emery said he plans to return to political activism almost as soon as he’s back in Canada.

But first things first. There are public parties planned for Toronto and then Vancouver, Emery noted. And then he and Jodie will be travelling abroad, on a speaking tour through Europe and a bit of a vacation. A second trip planned for 2015 is expected to take them to Jamaica, Uruguay, Argentina, and South Africa.

By that time, Canada will be preparing for the 2015 federal election, which Emery said will see him and Jodie make a 30-stop cross-country tour beginning in early September.

– Read the entire article at Georgia Straight.