'Prince of Pot' Marc Emery Out of U.S. Prison, Back in Canada

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With a blistering attack on the government that extradited him, Marc Emery, the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot," returned home to Canada on Tuesday after having served four years in a federal prison in Louisiana for selling marijuana seeds to Americans. Emery, who has started two political parties dedicated to legalizing marijuana in Canada, promised to get right back to work speaking about marijuana policy around the world.

"It's not about getting high," Emery told reporters at the airport in Windsor, Ontario, where he suggested that his wife, Jodie, should be elected to Parliament. "It's about solving a major injustice. Once we get past the legalization part, we're owed an apology."

Emery was arrested in 2009 at the request of U.S. drug control officials and was extradited to Seattle the following year. He pleaded guilty to selling marijuana seeds across international borders to U.S. American customers, saying he believed marijuana should be legal. But the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said he was the head of a $5 million criminal enterprise motivated by greed whose "tentacles reached out across North America to include all 50 United States and Canada."



— M. Alex Johnson