‘Prince of Pot’ Says Police and City Hall Conspiring Against Him

Marc Emery, shown during the 2008 federal election, said recently that he has been denied business licences. (CBC)Marc Emery, shown during the 2008 federal election, said recently that he has been denied business licences. (CBC)Vancouver’s self-styled “Prince of Pot” says city hall and the police department are trying to run him out of town. Marc Emery has a political campaign office, a magazine and a retail store based on West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver — but the marijuana activist said he’s hitting a wall when it comes to getting business licences.

In the past, Emery said, he hasn’t needed a business licence because everything was run under the umbrella of his political party, the B.C. Marijuana Party.

But Emery said all that has changed.

“We’ve complied with every government order, renovation order, health order, safety order. We are completely compliant every time they have a request,” he said.

“They can’t say we are a bad business, but they are just looking for every possible reason to deny us a licence to get rid of us in advance of the Olympics.

“This [the Olympics]is why all this pressure is on. The police are trying to get rid of all their antagonists. This is all police-driven,” Emery said.

According to documents filed at Vancouver city hall, Emery applied for a business licence for a convenience store across the street from his marijuana-related businesses in 2008.

He was rejected because he has a criminal record for a marijuana-related offence.

City hall then demanded he get business licences for his other enterprises, but he was denied, Emery said. He is appealing those rulings.

“We have millions of supporters. We draw thousands of tourists to this block. So in the days leading up to our licence application we are going to make sure the phones at city hall are flooded days in advance,” he said.

Emery said if he doesn’t get the licences, he might have to close down.

No one from Vancouver city hall was available to comment on the case.

– Article from CBC News on March 23, 2009.

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  • Comments


    1. Catharine on

      My family supports Marc, and my spouse is a medicinal user.
      We are both confident in our parenting and not ashamed at all to be in support of Marc. I’d rather be an active supporter of Marc openly than hide my face and just hope and pray my spouse never goes to jail for treating a medical condition!
      That’s the kind of family we are.

    2. Dead End Kid on

      YOUR FAMILY? What kind of “family” are you?!

      Keep the smokin’ for yourselves,………….but,”your family”?!

    3. Aloha stater on

      Right, Marc?
      You’ll show ’em.

    4. rick macleod on

      Marc why can’t you circumnavigate the stooopid city hall and have all the businesses registered under Jodi’s name and appoint yourself director, or CEO, or something similar.

    5. Catharine on

      It really upset me reading this article and I did contact the email address listed.

      To whom it may concern,

      I was disappointed to say the least after reading the article on CBC News’ Website concerning the denial of a business license to Marc Emery for his book store & political headquarters on West Hastings St. (Original Article: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/03/22/bc-emery-licences-denied.html)

      I feel very strongly that denial of a business license to Mr. Emery’s enterprise should be reconsidered. Many tourists are drawn to your wonderful city because of the culturally diverse population, and that includes diverse political views, a plethora of unique shops & businesses, and stores that cater to all different niches and styles.

      My family would no longer visit Vancouver, BC if his enterprise were to be closed down. I feel I should mention that we are annual tourists to the city of Vancouver (we live in Rhode Island, US) and our favorite place to visit is the BC Marijuana Party Bookstore, owned and operated by Mr. Marc Emery. In fact the only reason we even considered visiting Vancouver was to visit Mr. Emery’s Headquarters in person!

      There are not many places in North America as beautiful and culturally diverse as Vancouver BC is, and I hope that this unwise decision is reversed.

      Please reconsider, not just for Canadians, but for the American tourists that love and embrace your city as an extension of their own selves! It would make my family very sad to see Mr. Emery’s business gone, and it would be a huge blow to tourism for your city.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my letter,
      Catharine L****
      Providence, RI USA

    6. Daniel on

      Sorry to hear about that, hopefully they let you get your licenses bro. Isn’t their some laws you can use to your advantage? Give those judges and lawyers a taste of their own medicine.

    7. Anonymous on

      “self-styled”? Wasn’t the title Prince of Pot invented by an American news channel?

    8. Kieran on

      Marc, why can’t you register it under someone else’s name?