Marc Emery - Prince of Pot
In the history of popular movements, complex issues often become obscured by the personalities involved in the excitement. In British Columbia, the marijuana legalization movement failed in 2013.
That was a surprise since the province has long had a tolerant attitude to marijuana. In contrast, marijuana was decriminalized in several states, including neighbouring Washington.
Marc Emery is BC's most famous pot advocate. Known affectionately as the Prince of Pot, he served five years in an American prison.
Just returned to Canada, he was greeted by his adoring wife (Jodie) and mobbed by his few supporters. On Sunday, he made a public appearance in Victory Square.
Full of righteous anger, he blasted the American government. Refused to concede that he had made a mistake. Promised retribution for the Canadian conservative government. Pledged support for the Liberal Party.
Does the Liberal Party want his endorsement?
Why would a nerd like Emery take on the Canadian and American establishment? To understand Emery's personality is to identify the core elements of the legalization movement. I was there on Sunday to listen.
Photos taken with D8000, 70-300 and SB400. I was parked in front of Emery despite being pushed and leaned on.
There's drama in every city; not just Ferguson, MO. Show the drama in your city! What were your thoughts at the time?