Prince of Pot says farewell

Everton McLean
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Urges end to prohibition against marijuana use

Cannabis culture supporters came out to Bannerman Park in big numbers Wednesday to bid farewell to Marc Emery, also known as the Prince of Pot, before he's sent to the United States this fall to face marijuana charges.

Emery, who's doing a cross-Canada tour before being sentenced in the fall to what is expected to be five years in a U.S. prison, said about 265 people gathered in the park to hear him speak.

Mark Emery speaks in Bannerman Park Wednesday.- Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram

Cannabis culture supporters came out to Bannerman Park in big numbers Wednesday to bid farewell to Marc Emery, also known as the Prince of Pot, before he's sent to the United States this fall to face marijuana charges.

Emery, who's doing a cross-Canada tour before being sentenced in the fall to what is expected to be five years in a U.S. prison, said about 265 people gathered in the park to hear him speak.

He said it was the third biggest showing out of the four cities he's visited so far.

"Getting 265 people in the park was just wonderful," he said.

Emery said part of his reason for doing the tour was to praise the effects of marijuana and various uses of the cannabis plant - a plant he says has contributed greatly to society.

"Everything that's beautiful in our society was brought by somebody who smoked pot," he said, citing bands such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Green Day as "potheads", as well as was Steve Jobs when he developed the Mac computer, and Bill Gates when he developed his operating system.

"Shakespeare, his pipe has tested positive for cannabis," said Emery

"At the same time, everything that's legal out there is bad for you and will kill you."

Call for legalization

Emery also used the event to call on people to work towards ending what he calls a prohibition against marijuana.

He encouraged people at the meeting to write their senator and ask him or her to reject Bill C-15, which would create a minimum sentence of six months for possession of one marijuana plant.

He also encouraged people to vote for parties that support marijuana use, or at least not vote for Stephen Harper's Conservatives, who are strictly against its use.

"I said, 'I know for a fact that most of you did not vote in the last federal election because your cynical about whether voting will do any good.' I pointed out one thing's for sure, not voting will absolutely not do any good."

Emery's next stop on his tour is in Montreal Friday.

emclean@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Cross-Canada, The Beatles, Rolling Stones Mac

Geographic location: United States, Bannerman Park, Montreal

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  • jaime
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    This is very scary what our government is allowimg to happen to Marc. The opens up the US to deport NON US CITIZENS to do jail time for something that did not even occur in the country. Cross border sales be d*mned. The guy needs support, not just for the pot movement but for the good of ALL CANADIANS!! Read up on his story if you are not sure...it will surely make you think twice!!

  • JK
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    This article is poorly written. Shame.

  • Cris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    DON'T AGREE TO PLEA, MARC!
    REGISTERED VOTERS IN VERMONT, U.S.A., A BORDER STATE WITH CANADA,
    SAY THAT POLICE IN VERMONT ARE FORCING MARIJUANA GROWERS ALONG THE CONNECTICUT RIVER WHICH RUNS THE ENTIRE EASTERN BORDER OF VERMONT BETWEEN VERMONT AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, THAT COPS ARE FORCING MARIJUANA GROWERS TO PAY THEM 50% (half) of their profits, and if the marijuana growers don't pay the police half (50%) of their profits, then they BUST them and arrest them and put them in prison.

    WHY SHOULD YOU BE IN PRISON WHEN SOME POLICE IN THE U.S.A. ARE TAKING 50% (HALF) OF MARIJUANA GROWERS PROFITS?

  • Dan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Four types of people support the War on (Some) Drugs. They are:
    1. The uninformed,
    2. The just plain stupid,
    3. Those profiting from the illegality of drugs (eg. cartels, dealers, prisons, pharma, timber, police, judges, etc.)
    4. Politicians (the all of the above answer)

  • Einstein
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Weed will never be legalized because too many police officers, judges, lawyers and politicians would be out of work. There would be no need for half of them if weed laws were removed. There are just far too many crazies working for the federal government, most of who also believe in foolishness like Christianity. Albert Einstein said it best;

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe.

  • Einstein
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Well said Dan, I couldn't agree more.

  • jaime
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    This is very scary what our government is allowimg to happen to Marc. The opens up the US to deport NON US CITIZENS to do jail time for something that did not even occur in the country. Cross border sales be d*mned. The guy needs support, not just for the pot movement but for the good of ALL CANADIANS!! Read up on his story if you are not sure...it will surely make you think twice!!

  • JK
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    This article is poorly written. Shame.

  • Cris
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    DON'T AGREE TO PLEA, MARC!
    REGISTERED VOTERS IN VERMONT, U.S.A., A BORDER STATE WITH CANADA,
    SAY THAT POLICE IN VERMONT ARE FORCING MARIJUANA GROWERS ALONG THE CONNECTICUT RIVER WHICH RUNS THE ENTIRE EASTERN BORDER OF VERMONT BETWEEN VERMONT AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, THAT COPS ARE FORCING MARIJUANA GROWERS TO PAY THEM 50% (half) of their profits, and if the marijuana growers don't pay the police half (50%) of their profits, then they BUST them and arrest them and put them in prison.

    WHY SHOULD YOU BE IN PRISON WHEN SOME POLICE IN THE U.S.A. ARE TAKING 50% (HALF) OF MARIJUANA GROWERS PROFITS?

  • Dan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Four types of people support the War on (Some) Drugs. They are:
    1. The uninformed,
    2. The just plain stupid,
    3. Those profiting from the illegality of drugs (eg. cartels, dealers, prisons, pharma, timber, police, judges, etc.)
    4. Politicians (the all of the above answer)

  • Einstein
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Weed will never be legalized because too many police officers, judges, lawyers and politicians would be out of work. There would be no need for half of them if weed laws were removed. There are just far too many crazies working for the federal government, most of who also believe in foolishness like Christianity. Albert Einstein said it best;

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe.

  • Einstein
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Well said Dan, I couldn't agree more.