Much as he’d love to go on a national tour to campaign for Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, the Prince of Pot is staying home in Vancouver to tend the shop.
“I just have to be at the store because we are in a very competitive environment with all these dispensaries selling bongs and pipes as well as weed,” Marc Emery told the Straight when reached Thursday (August 27).
Emery, who returned to Canada in 2014 after he was sentenced to five years in prison in the U.S. for selling marijuana seeds, was at his flagship Cannabis Culture store at 307 West Hastings Street. He has another store selling marijuana paraphernalia like vaporizers at 1674 Davie Street. The stores are not marijuana dispensaries.
His 16-hour days have been fruitful with business picking up this summer: “I’m really happy that it’s been worthwhile for me to stay here.”
It doesn’t mean that he’s forgotten that election season is on: “I’ve been trying to support the Liberals by giving donations, and campaigning for them where I can. I’m very enthused about supporting the Liberal Party in this election.”
His wife Jodie may have been barred by the Liberal party machinery from seeking a nomination in Vancouver East, but that’s not stopping the Emery couple from supporting a party that promises to legalize marijuana.
“I actually did want to promote the Liberal Party in many different ways and for many reasons, especially with Mulcair,” Emery said, referring to NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, “I believe is an authoritarian much like [Conservative Prime Minister] Stephen Harper, and not particularly progressive.”
“I think Trudeau,” Emery continued, “will have much better advisers and … he’s much more Canadian than Mulcair or Harper are.”
Emery went on, “I think Trudeau has actually been brought up on the West Coast, and really understands British Columbia, and he’s bringing that sensibility to the campaign and I really like that.”
His wife Jodie is delighted that the Prince of Pot is back in charge of the store. “A lot of people are coming in,” Jodie told the Straight in a separate phone interview. “We’re busier than ever.”