For years Jodie Emery was a constant at the side of her husband Marc Emery at Vancouver press conferences and marijuana rallies as he fought his extradition to the United States for selling cannabis seeds across the border. While Marc worked to inform Canadians that their government had arrested him in 2005 on behalf of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as part of its controversial ‘War on Drugs’, Jodie’s presence seemed to remind people what his loss of freedom would mean on a personal level.
However, since Marc started serving his five-year sentence in the U.S. last year, Jodie has become the face and voice of the marijuana legalization movement in Canada. While taking over the mantle from Vancouver’s ‘Prince of Pot’ may have seemed daunting, Jodie has quickly proven to be a natural leader and has picked up where her husband left off. Along with being the editor of Cannabis Culture magazine, Jodie ran for the BC Green Party in the 2009 provincial election and continues to fight for marijuana legalization and to bring Marc back across the border to serve out his sentence.
A few days before the federal election, Megaphone sat down with Jodie at the Cannabis Culture head office and talked about Marc’s case, what a Conservative majority will mean for marijuana users and about how she feels about becoming Canada’s ‘Princess of Pot’.