VANCOUVER — The Liberals may be leery of the idea, but when marijuana activist Marc Emery ends his four-year U.S. prison term on Wednesday, he has vowed an all-out, cross-Canada campaign to rally votes for Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.
“The star power we could bring to the campaign alongside Trudeau, that’s powerful in an election when nothing else seems to get out the vote,” said Jodie Emery, recently returned from her last visit with her husband at Yazoo City Federal Prison in Mississippi.
“We won’t get a chance like this again,” she said.
Recently, Ms. Emery submitted her name to run as the Liberal candidate in Vancouver East, the riding represented for the past 17 years by the NDP’s Libby Davies.
“I got asked by the members of the riding association if I would want to run, I thought about it, and I joined the party only about a month ago,” she said.
As yet, Ms. Emery has yet to submit official papers for the nomination, and her candidacy would still need to be vetted by a local “Green Light committee.”
“I’m sure they’re looking up all my old videos and photos, and you can’t hide those big bong hit photos from the old days,” she said.
On Wednesday, Mr. Emery, 56, will end his 1,590-day U.S. prison sentence for drug distribution, although he expects he will not be deported across the Detroit-Windsor border until mid-August.
From then until the October 2015 federal election, the self-styled “Prince of Pot” has said he intends to appear at public events across the country imploring supporters to vote for the Liberal party.
Speaking by phone, Mr. Emery acknowledged it “might make Mr. Trudeau a bit nervous,” but added, “I have to make good use of my reputation in the cannabis culture, and no job is more important than defeating prohibitionist regimes.”
Marijuana activist Marc Emery vows to campaign for Justin Trudeau â€” as soon as he gets out of U.S. jail