Marc Emery describes the night he smoked marijuana with Justin Trudeau
The Prince of Pot has clarified remarks he made several years ago about puffing cannabis with Justin Trudeau.
On his prison blog, Marc Emery reveals that he smoked pot at a small dinner party with the Liberal leader in August 2003 "on the patio of a second floor restaurant on West Broadway".
Trudeau became an MP in 2008.
Last year, the Georgia Straight's Carlito Pablo reported that Emery had said in 2009 that he had smoked cannabis with Trudeau on more than one occasion.
The video is on YouTube.
Emery disclosed this at a speech in Toronto, where he condemned Trudeau for voting in favour of a bill calling for mandatory minimum sentences of six months for growing marijuana.
At the time, Emery claimed that Trudeau had smoked up with him "four or five times".
In his recent post, Emery declares that he only puffed with Trudeau on "one occasion".
"The '4 or 5' times' is four or five times that evening," he writes.
Emery took responsibility for misleading people by not providing the proper context.
"I'm deeply embarrassed to cause such a problem for Canada's future Prime Minister and deeply regret my too-vague and unexplained remarks."
However, Emery denies that he had lied, as Trudeau has claimed.
The pot entrepeneur notes in his blog that the Liberal leader might have forgotten about their evening together in Vancouver.
From prison, Emery also praises Trudeau for recognizing that prohibition "is an expensive, failed policy enriching gangs and destroying people's lives".
"Today, as Liberal Party leader, he is doing a terrific job on the issue of marijuana and its legal status," Emery writes. "He is advocating the clearest, most rational policy—legalization—that I can imagine a Canadian leader putting forth. I can completely understand why he'd be incensed by remarks made by me that imply he's been with me 4 or 5 times (separate occasions) smoking pot. It was ten years ago this month that the joint smoking occasion (the one evening of 4 or 5 joints) happened, and I'm not sure he remembers that much about it. I'm not sure what a person's recollection obligations are in this world, but I remember the one evening pretty clearly."
Emery remains incarcerated in a U.S. federal prison in Mississippi after being extradited from Vancouver in 2010 for selling marijuana seeds over the Internet.
Last month, the U.S. government granted Emery permission to serve the remainder of his five-year sentence in Canada. Any transfer requires the approval of Canada's minister of public safety, Steven Blaney.
Emery's wife Jodie recently told the Straight that he might spend the rest of his term in the U.S. because he will be a free man upon his release. He could be let out on July 9, 2014, if he remains on good behaviour.
She noted that if he were to complete his prison term in Canada, there may be conditions attached, which would require him to report to authorities in the future.
Jodie said that Emery's health is "pretty good" in jail because he eats lots of garlic, avoids junk food, and walks regularly outside. But she also revealed that her husband needs dental work and new glasses.
"I think they give him one look over in Seattle when he first showed up," she said. "It’s very very rudimentary care down there. It’s not even care—it’s just the bare minimum that’s required."