Marc Emery, the “Prince of Pot” who sold millions of marijuana seeds and helped form the British Columbia Marijuana Party, is being prosecuted in Seattle, Washington for selling seeds to Americans. He recently gave up a fight against extradition, and is attempting to make a deal with his prosecutors in order to lighten his sentence. If the deal goes through, he will face a maximum of about eight years in prison, if he is convicted.
Emery was the driving force behind the founding of British Columbia’s Marijuana Party after the provincial elections in 2000. From 2001 until 2009, the party nominated a significant amount of candidates, but failed to ever get more than a few percentage points of the vote. In the 2009 provincial elections, the Marijuana Party ran two candidates in order to keep their party status, but endorsed the Green Party candidates in every race. The police raid in which Emery was recently arrested happened at the Vapour Cafe, which doubles as the headquarters for the party.