'Prince of Pot' about to be busted
The days of freedom are just about over for Marc Emery, the Vancouver, B.C., pot activist wanted for four years on U.S. drug charges.
Emery, who has described himself as the Prince of Pot, will surrender to Canadian authorities on Sept, 28, his wife says in her blog.
Then he will be shipped to Seattle, where he is expected to plead guilty as part of a deal with federal prosecutors and be sentenced to five years. He wants to be able to serve the time in Canada.
It will end a long and strange prosecution. He was indicted in Seattle four years ago over charges that his former Vancouver business sold marijuana seeds.
The case soon sparked controversy. Emery sold seeds, not marijuana and was busted by U.S. agents in Canada. Then, too, Emery, a frequent candidate for public office, had long been a promoter of pot, often through a printed, then online magazine, and he mocked U.S. drug laws.
But this summer Emery decided to take a plea deal. He explained online that his lawyers told him that extradition to the U.S. was inevitable.
Sept 24, 2009