Marc Emery says Surrey could learn a thing or two from Vancouver, when it comes to tackling drug crime.
“That’s an indictment of Surrey’s prohibitionist mentality.”
As Surrey’s drug turf war turned deadly over the weekend, Marc Emery says Vancouver doesn’t have that problem for a reason.
“Millions of dollars every week is transacted over marijuana in this city and yet everybody is a peaceful player, everybody’s getting alone. We understand we’ve got a really good thing here and people don’t want to jeopardize it. In Surrey they’ve got no such advantage and there you’ve got a lot of crime.”
Emery says the credit go to outgoing Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu and Mayor Gregor Robertson for shifting the attitude towards marijuana.
Emery’s message will be purely political when he takes the stage at today’ 4/20 event
This will be the first rally Marc Emery, Canada’s “Prince of Pot,” has attended since his release from prison last August.
Emery came into studio to talk with Simi Sara about the change in public tone and acceptance of marijuana in different American states and here in Canada.
When Simi asked Emery what his message will be at the event today he said that it’s for the cannabis culture to get out and vote in the election.
“Our people don’t vote, the cannibis culture has a very low voter turnout”.
He says that is due to cynicism, but it’s time to get past that.
“But we’re in a position to help a major political party under Justin Trudeau, and the Liberal Party get elected.”
Listen to Marc Emery’s full interview here:
Emery got a rock star welcome from thirty thousand people who gathered for 4/20 festivities outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Speaking afterwards, he told CKNW he smoked with a number of under-aged kids at the annual 4/20 protest outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.
The marijuana crusader says he has a message for all BC parents.
Emery claims parents should encourage their children to spend more time with “pot people.”
‘Nothing bad is going to happen to your son or daughter if they smoke marijuana, unlike if they hang out with people who are into athletics, or into alcohol, or into a number of things, fast cars, I say that pot makes your teenager a lot safer.”
But others at the annual event were discouraged by the number of young people lighting up.
“Not too good on that one, we were with Sensible BC doing the sign up the last time we were here, we weren’t too happy about the number of teenagers.”
” I smoked pot in highschool; I would say it did have an adverse effect on me.”
“If it was legal, they would have more control over that.”