Marc Emery Opens Up About Prison, Politics and His First Day Of Freedom

Incarcerated since 2010, Vancouver’s Prince of Pot says he is unchanged from prison — though the world around him has moved on

Pot activist Marc Emery returns to Canada on Tuesday after a four-and-a-half-year stint in American prisons for selling marijuana seeds to a U.S. buyer. The Province phoned him at a Louisiana detention centre to learn more about his return.

Q: What’s the plan for Tuesday?

A: I get put on a plane at probably about 10 or 11 (Eastern time) in the morning and arrive in Detroit around three. At that point, U.S. marshals deliver me under the tunnel to the Canadian border point and [Emery’s wife] Jodie and some friends of mine should meet me there. If it’s nice weather, we’ll have two or three or four hours in Centennial Park by city hall. Hopefully by nine or 10 o’clock, Jodie and I will retire and go get something to eat. Then we’ve got to get on a plane at six in the morning and fly to Toronto for a whole variety of things, not the least of which is to buy some stuff like new glasses and a cellphone. I’ve never texted in my life, so people have to show me how these things all work.

Q: How does it feel to be coming home?

A: People ask me if I’m excited and I’m not really excited because I’ve been here so long, I really don’t know any other life other than being behind bars in these dirtbag prison cells and dormitories. If I look outside there’s always razor wire. If I get taken anywhere outside of prison I’m shackled up … handcuffed and leg-ironed and a waist belt of chains around me. When they finally deliver me to Windsor and I see a sunset without razor wire and I don’t have any shackles on me, then I guess I’ll kind of believe it.

– Read the entire article at The Province.