Step aside Marc, you’re not doing the movement any favours
On Monday, CKNW’s Simi Sara spoke with Marc Emery aka the ‘Prince of Pot’ about his first 4/20 event after being released from a U.S. prison. During his interview, Emery thanked the city for helping him organize the event and spoke about motivating the pot smoking masses to vote for the federal Liberal party.
However, it was his comments to CKNW reporter Shelby Thom at the 4/20 event later that day that have many people shaking their heads and questioning whether it’s time for the Prince of Pot to be dethroned.
After making his speech at the massive 4/20 event, Emery told Thom that he had no issue with people who drive while high, AND no issue with young kids smoking marijuana, saying “marijuana is completely safe”, and “it’s not going to hurt young people”.
Listen to everything he had to say about driving high and teens smoking pot
(1:10 – 4:45)
Meet the medical marijuana CEO of the future
Tuesday, Simi compared Emery to another advocate of the legalization of marijuana, saying that Emery is not the face that this movement needs anymore, but rather we need our own Meg Sanders-like figure in Canada.
Meg Sanders is the CEO of Gaia Plant Based Medicine, one of the most successful medical marijuana companies based in Denver Colorado.
Sanders has dispensary locations throughout the states, she is an Executive Board Member for Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA), a member of the Chambers of Commerce in each of her license locations in Colorado, and she recently served as the only industry representative appointed to Governor Hickenlooper’s 24-Member Amendment 64 Task Force, charged with implementing the adult recreational use of marijuana.
[Listen to the 60 Minutes feature on Sanders in the second half of the audio file above (06:40 – 09:06))]
She takes a completely different approach to the legalization movement, and it seems to be gaining traction in the race to legalize and capitalize on what was once known as the “evil weed”. Perhaps it’s time for the movement in Canada to get past the basement “hotbox” mentality, and move this movement into the present day with a more measured, realistic and healthy approach to the legalization debate.