'Prince of Pot' defiant on day of extradition hearing
Marc Emery addresses supporters in front of the B.C. Supreme Court with his wife Jodie on the day of his extradition hearing. September 28, 2009. (CTV)
Andrew Weichel, ctvbc.ca
Published Monday, September 28, 2009 2:36PM PDT
On Monday morning, marijuana activist Marc Emery held what could be his last news conference in B.C. for several years.
Emery is facing extradition to the United States -- and a five-year jail term -- for selling pot seeds to customers south of the border.
The self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot" arrived at the B.C. Supreme Court for his extradition hearing shortly after 9 a.m. Standing unrepentant before a crowd of supporters, Emery delivered an address of defiance and civil disobedience.
"I'm proud of everything I've done. I don't feel bad about anything," Emery said.
"I won't be apologizing to any judge. I won't be making account for my work. I only regret that I wasn't able to do more."
Emery described his treatment as "draconian" before accusing the provincial and federal government of supporting organized crime by refusing to legalize marijuana.
"It won't hurt you. It won't kill you. It won't do what so many legal things will do like tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, sugar, salt -- basic commodities that kill people every day in this country that are perfectly legal," the rabble-rousing activist said.
After a few tearful goodbyes, Emery headed inside to surrender himself to authorities.
Jodie Emery's plea for public support
Emery's wife Jodie expressed her grief in an interview with ctvbc.ca Monday morning.
"I'm absolutely devastated and distraught that my husband is being taken away from me," she said.
"It's a betrayal of our sovereignty and citizenship."
Emery said she is still hopeful that public outcry can halt her husband's extradition.
"The Conservative government is outsourcing our justice system," she said. "If there's enough public pressure, perhaps Marc could still be sentenced here instead."
The "Prince of Pot" says he hopes to be back on the streets of B.C. a year from now if he's allowed to serve his time in a Canadian prison.
With files from The Canadian Press