The Prince of Pot, Marc Emery, will walk across the Windsor-Detroit Ambassador Bridge at approximately 4 pm today, where he will be welcomed home to Canada by friends and supporters after a five-year stint in a U.S. prison.
Local pot activists left Toronto early this morning to provide a hero's welcome in Windsor and to webcast the historic cannabis occasion.
Emery was charged by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency almost a decade ago for selling marijuana seeds from his Vancouver storefront. Former Conservative Justice Minister Rob Nicholson signed Emery's extradition order in 2009 in a move that was widely viewed as being politically motivated.
On July 9 Emery completed his five-year sentence (with credit given for good behavior) in Yazzo City federal prison in Mississippi, but has had to wait for Canadian immigration officials to issue him a temporary passport. He's been in a Louisiana prison immigration facility awaiting transfer to Detroit where he's scheduled to be flown this morning and released.
During his imprisonment the Prince of Pot learned how to play bass guitar and joined a band STUCK and then Shiny Side Down. Emery admits in early blog posts from behind bars that he has no talent for playing, but through dedication and voluminous amounts of time he has mastered it.
Since his imprisonment marijuana has become legal in two U.S. states, Washington (where Emery pleaded guilty) and Colorado.
Before he went to prison, Marc Emery gave a speech in Toronto:
Matt Mernagh will be hosting his 166th live weekly weed webcast The Mernahuana Zone (TMZ) from the Ambassador Bridge on Vapor Central Livestream starting at 2pm.