Marc Emery’s Application to Help Grow Washington’s Legal Pot

Marc Emery cannabis plantUpon learning that the Washington State Liquor Control Board is seeking consultant applications for a legal marijuana production and distribution system, Marc wrote this tongue-in-cheek submission. Marc was extradited to and sentenced in Seattle, Washington despite operating his seed business in Vancouver, BC, Canada at all times. 

Dear Sirs and Madams of the Washington State Liquor Control Board,

Please consider my bid, or rather, application for consideration, to be a consultant in one of the four fields of marijuana expertise required by the WSLCB:

1) Product and Industry Knowledge
2) Product Quality Standards & Testing
3) Product Usage and Consumption Validation
4) Product Regulation

I understand your need to meet the voter endorsed deadline of December 2013, whereby retail offering of cannabis products are expected to be found in the current WSLCB outlets. I offer strong skills in marketing, cultivation, genetics, breeding, retail, business, working with large groups of co-workers, but my only caveat is that I am currently a guest of the US federal prison system for my peaceful and successful involvement with servicing the needs of well over 3,000 citizens of Washington state in cultivating marijuana from 1995 to 2005 (as well as millions of others throughout the United States). I do expect to be released from this inconvenient situation and repatriated back to Canada in December of this year. Perhaps you can use my resume as back-up if one of the other applicants turns to be unsuitable when you can see their capabilities (or lack thereof) at close range.

My name is Marc Emery. I am one of the world’s most recognized brand names in what I am proud to say is the worldwide cannabis culture. My name is a cachet of integrity and quality among the marijuana connoisseurs, enthusiasts, cognoscenti and consumers the world over – and certainly in Washington State, to which I supplied an extraordinary range of quality genetics to thousands of citizens, including medical, commercial, household gardens, from 1995 to 2005. The Washington state District Attorney’s office in their prosecution contended I was responsible for the cultivation of three million cannabis plants across the United States, through my seed sales done via postal delivery from my home Vancouver, BC, Canada.

I have been given privileged and rare access to over 300 indoor marijuana gardening projects, and over 50 outdoor and greenhouse projects, in the years from 1990 to 2009, largely as publisher and editor of 75 issues of Cannabis Culture Magazine, which I was responsible for from 1994 to 2009. In that capacity I was given enough access to these horticultural enterprises to describe them in detail in my publication. I have an understanding of horticultural techniques of every kind, including esoteric methods like swamp growing, tree-top growing, underground growing, brewery conversions, off-shore barge growing, subterranean rail-car growing, bio-dynamic growing, among others, but certainly most of my experience is in commercial mass production operations using hydroponic, soil or soilless media. I am very familiar with large conventional grow theatres using 50 to 150 thousand-watt (HPS or Metal Halide) bulbs. In my experience, typical production is 1 to 1.2 pounds (dry weight) per 1,000-watt light bulb per 60 days.

Marc Emery cannabis plants

I have supervised the breeding of 20 individual genetic varieties of cannabis as part of the largest cannabis seed distribution project the modern world has ever seen, having as many as 380 varietals of cannabis in my seed distribution catalog at the peak of my efforts.

As editor of Cannabis Culture magazine from 2004 to 2009, I edited manuscripts by horticulturalists, medical experts, scientists, historians, for the digestion of our reading audience. All 74 issues of my highly regarded magazine are online at for your review.

I have been a successful retailer since 1971, and have always employed between 20-45 people from 1996 to 2009 (when my spouse took over the reins of the business), so I am used to working harmoniously with numerous co-workers. From 1995 to July 29, 2005, when the untimely interruption by the Drug Enforcement Administration occurred, I was likely the world’s largest seed distribution business, and uniquely, the only such cannabis seed distributor identified by having the proprietor’s name (mine) clearly identified at all times and known to use the seed revenue to finance political activism and drug policy reform. While this no doubt contributed some incentive for my adversaries to arrest me, it also made my name a valuable brand attached to an outstanding performance record amongst the very people you will be appealing to in the Washington state marketplace. I assure you having the Emery brand integrated into your production and marketing and product development will ensure a credibility few other applicants can provide.

As I look at your situation, I understand that about 300,000 Washington state residents will be regular consumers of about one ounce a month, with up to one million tourists annually who will take advantage of Washington state’s new cultural zeitgeist. This requires a retail distribution paradigm that favors variety and price breaks at all levels. I foresee demand levels of about 500,000 to 600,000 ounces (dry weight) per month required. At 16 ounces per pound this is a requirement of 37,500 pounds per month, and since a grow-cycle is about 60 days, 75,000 pounds dry weight every 60 days would need to be produced to meet the expected requirements of the marketplace. Once economy of scale, start-up cost inputs are calculated, I expect the cost of producing the cannabis will be $10-$20 an ounce, or less, but not more, and this would include all production and distribution as well as capital inputs pro-rated over three years, ultimately reducing the costs after three years. Of course, taxation would need to be applied as per your regulations.

This would mean 75,000 1,000-watt bulbs of production operating in the state of Washington under the aegis of the WSLCB to meet this demand. With the retail price at $20-$40 an ounce plus taxation, this will wipe out all aspects of the black market in Washington state, certainly the voters had this in mind when they passed Initiative I-502. This will also make impractical any need to for medical users to grow their medicine, as long as taxation is not so onerous as to re-ignite black market production.

Marc Emery plant photo by Jeff V

An ideal production facility with 150 1,000-watt bulbs, with concrete foundations and all sophisticated equipment necessary for 165 pounds every 60 days, (functionally, it would be 35-40 pounds every 15 days), costs $1,000,000 to $1,200,000. To meet the 75,000 pounds every 2 months, you’ll need 200-350 facilities to be built. You could make vast-sized facilities of 500 (or even 1,000) bulbs, but the cost savings are inversely proportional to increasing risks, as plant diseases, or pest infestations and other unforeseen disasters, in a closed environment, are difficult to extinguish once endemic in one facility. It is better to have 200-350 separate facilities than 10-20 staggeringly large facilities, so production problems in one unit do adversely affect the production volumes required. Sophisticated outdoor greenhouses are also a cost-efficient consideration but this would be something better suited to eastern Washington’s more reliable sunny weather. There is also a market for sun-grown outdoor field marijuana that will have far smaller start-up input costs, but will require a modest level of security.

In all three of these kinds of horticultural endeavors, it is vitally important that all efforts be documented, and under regular review, and I am very familiar with this necessity.

I work well with government bureaucracy, scientists, medical researchers, legislators, policy makers, horticulturalists/farmers (and they can be an iconoclastic, dare I say, eccentric lot, believe you me), retailers, and marketing departments. I understand product promotion in this field very well, and I certainly know well the various client bases being served. I can provide endorsements and bona-fides for all these claims upon request should you be interested in considering me becoming a member of your team.

I do hope my Canadian citizenship and my current status as prohibited-from-entering-the-United States-for-life is not a too-extraordinary impediment to the successful execution of this job. I’d like to point out it wasn’t particularly my involvement in cannabis cultivation that made me a US federal prisoner and felon, though the official conviction is one count of conspiracy to cultivate marijuana. It was in fact my political advocacy to legalize marijuana and the millions of dollars I contributed to US organizations and individuals to accomplish this objective via ballot initiatives and various court, legal and political actions that brought me to the attention of the DEA (see among my bona-fides, a press release from DEA chief Karen Tandy from July 29, 2005).

However, my grassroots reputation with the people who did, after all, vote in this now legal regime in Washington state, is at its all-time zenith. This can only be of considerable benefit to the WSLCB should I join your team and apply my skills and name to your efforts to supply the people of Washington with the finest cannabis possible. My original prosecutor, former Western Washington District attorney John McKay, had a considerable involvement with Initiative 502, and in view of his stark conversion-on-the-road-to-Damascus change of heart regarding marijuana prohibition, I do expect an excellent review from him should you consult him in this matter, and hope in this new enlightened post-502 era, my credentials will be weighed fairly viz. a viz. the other applicants.

Marc and Jodie Emery, December 2, 2012Regrettably, at this time, being a guest of the US Bureau of Prisons in Mississippi, I cannot appear for an interview in person in Washington, but I think it would still be very profitable for the WSLCB to come to Yazoo City medium security federal prison on any Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday to conduct an interview with me here. Considering the likely investment of approximately $200,000,000 in facilities to produce the marijuana, and the more than one billion dollars in sales annually that are to be expected, the costs of having your representatives interview me here at Yazoo would be an extremely wise and prudent investment.

In anticipation of a successful meeting for one of your consulting positions,
I remain (until July 9, 2014)
Marc Emery 40252-086,
Yazoo City Federal Corrections Complex
Yazoo City, Mississippi, 39194


On Friday, February 1st, 2013 the Province newspaper ran a column by Jon Ferry about Marc and the Washington state job opportunity. Click here to read it, or see the image file below.

Marc and Jodie, Province newspaper

Marc Emery
Marc Emery

Marc Emery is a Canadian cannabis activist, entrepreneur, and politician. Known to his fans as the Prince of Pot, Emery has been a notable advocate of international cannabis policy reform for decades. Marc is the founding publisher of Cannabis Culture and Pot TV.



  1. Anonymous on

    Marijuana is of the devil!

    jk lol 🙂

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  3. Anonymous on

    People are taking this way too seriously. The main point of the article is the wASShington state conviction for something that’s now going to have full legal status.

    Out of Date? The man has been in prison for years. Also, I don’t think Marc has EVER professed to being a prolific gardener, just an enabler.

    Mark, you are amazing and thanks for the humour! Wishing you continued strength, can’t wait for your release party Canadian tour.

    You’ve almost made it bud, hang in there!

  4. Anonymous on

    Mark, you dreamed me, both you were free, and you cried with happiness… and I cried with you

  5. Anonymous on

    I think Marc is just stirring it up out of boredom. We would be glad to keep him, when he is released from his gulag. The money generated from his seed business all went to a worthy cause that benefited both Canadians and Americans. Your government should practice what it preaches. He is a political prisoner which is undemocratic in a so called free word. Our own Harper government is just as evil.

  6. Anonymous on

    I hope you get your way and the American government gives him back to Canada where he belongs. I don’t think that there is any realistic possibility of him getting the job or even getting back in the USA where he might get life for simple possession. You guys gotta get together & get the laws changed just like us back in here in Canada. I miss the early 70’s when everyone was truly free.

  7. Anonymous on

    Go Marc Emery! YOU CAN DO IT!

  8. Anonymous on

    As far as smoking too much your right.I smoke it legaly mmj (medical marijuana)and grow it legaly.I have never sold as much as a gram I work for a living how you ever got that i am a drug dealer is a jump you dont even know me thats like saying all mmj patients are drug dealers.I was simply stating a fact and as far as huge grow ops as you were refering to that is not what we voted for it is for the cottage industries and those will still pay heafty power bills and as for those state of the art gardens those cost huge $$$ to operate..
    So relax and do your home work.
    besides if it were that cheap kids could by ounces with ther lunch money that is not what the people of wa want.)

  9. Anonymous on

    First off I have smoked plenty of the strains he offered from his BCMG (British Columbia Marijuana Genetics).I spent hundreds of dollars on seeds that were eather hermi,male or had just really bad genetics.Second off I never stated that Wa state grew better bud than any other state that would be a stupid thing to say,I simply stated a fact about the market in wa state it is defenetly different in Wa then in North Dakota simply for the reason Wa has had mmj (medical marijuana)legal for well over ten years in North Dakota you can not grow legaly maby hemp not cannabis..So relax and stop the name calling..

  10. Anonymous on

    You haven’t smoke any of “his” product.

    And “washington bud” is no better or worse than say “north dakota bud”. The genetics are what is important, and not what state it’s propagated in. I can have the same genetics in north dakota as i do in washington.

    you are a dumb ass.

  11. Anonymous on

    I have been a fan of Marc’s activism and videos for many years, but I think there are a few points that he needs to re-visit. My biggest concern is that he is not taking certain cues, suggestions, indications that the Federal government has laid out in regards to there stance on Marijuana. The Federal government has not said do x, y and z, and everything will be fine with your cannabis endeavour, but they have laid out some general suggestions.

    Firstly, Marc mentions the state should expect and build production capacity for out of state tourists. That is a big NO NO from the Federal governments point of view, they want to see something in place that will prevent exactly this type of tourism. So, Marc should probably not be endorsing the buildup of production capabilities around this market. I do realize that there will be cases where the product will be diverted to the black market regardless of the restrictions put in place, but that is a completely different stance when compared to total acceptance.

    There was one more example where Marc’s views and what the Federal government has indicated so far will definitely come to a head. There has been so much progress made in terms of Marijuana acceptance, I personally feel that we have to maintain the ground we have gained by acquiescing to the Federal governments indications where practical, in order to maintain and use this opportunity to advance the subject even further. Although the strategy may not be popular, it does have some logic.

    Another example is that it seems that Marc envisions 200-350 large scale production sites (sorry, but any operation with 150 bulbs in 1,000 watts is large in my book) for the expected market demand in Washington. This seems to centralize production in the hands of a few (NOT A FAN!!!), which will then be dealing with large amounts of marijuana. Two big problems with that; the Federal government has indicated it did not want to see large scale operators (which the 200-350 operations as described would seem to fall under), and it will also destroy the ‘cottage’ industry business model so many people are excited about and looking forward to. Just the way I see it on those issues, but I am still a BIG FAN of Marc!!! Its a terrible shame what Marc went through, but that is another subject altogether.

  12. Anonymous on

    You smoked too much buddy …on a large scale and when produced in bulk the plan will work….plus if legal then you would not have to hide and get inferior supplements to help the plant grow….and the state would have state of the art facilities to grow the plants….so pretty sure they woul produce sweet product….bettet than some dealer hiding in the basement…….the only thing it will do is cut ppl like you out who want to make money illegaly 🙂

  13. Anonymous on

    I bought seeds back in the 80’s and 90’s from Nevil’s Seed Bank and The Super Sativa Seed Club. About &5% of the strains were awesome 25% bunk. In 2002 I spent $1,000 on Marc’s seeds all bunk. Plus in the early days 94-96 I knew growers who would take him hermaphrodite seeds and he would take em and sell em with no testing of strains or questions asked . Marc had no quality control

  14. Anonymous on

    A lot of us wanted him to stay in Canada as well, but our government sold us all out when they cooperated with the human smugglers of the Amerikkkan Injustice System.

  15. Anonymous on

    I agree I am a Wa gardner and first off 1000 watt lamps are old school and out of date all the gardners I Know use 600 watt lamps,and as for a 60 day cycle what about the veg cycle?
    It is also silly to state that it only takes $10-$20 to produce an ounce what about the power bill,nutrients,soil,equipment upkeep,security,bulb replacement,pest controll,and most of all your time in the garden that does not include the cost for a location to do so.
    I agree stay in Canada with your grade b plans.

  16. Anonymous on

    He has no idea the amount of money needed to grow grade a cannabis I have smoked plenty of his product and it is sub par for Washington.Washington gardners that produce AAA cannabis spend more then $10 or $20 an ounce to produce.
    He is also out of touch with the fact that there will be a huge increase in users as it becomes main stream.I think he needs to stay in Canada..My opinion he is not welcome.

  17. Anonymous on

    Let Washington voters decide.
    Its only fitting and proper in spite of the prohibition machinery Marc Emery is not only qualified in today’s Cannabis industry but today’s State of the Arts. But also an excellent marketing expert. He could be fitted with a device that could follow his travels inside the State of Washington. Lets face it Marc is not a danger risk to anybody and its time he is rehabilitated an a challenging career with an opportunity that could reduce a repeat violation of American Law. He should be assigned a staff including a State Trooper as driver and a half way House residence. The half way house should be set up that he is responsible for he own shopping cooking and cleaning he should be encouraged to socialize and have, the nurturing of his wife and friends, to aid in his rehabilitation. Its the right thing for Washington to do.