Newsbrief: BC Marijuana Party Head to Run for Vancouver Mayor 5/3/02

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Pot-seed empresario Marc Emery, the millionaire head of the British Columbia Marijuana Party, has announced that he will run for mayor of Vancouver, the province's largest city. He told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on April 25 that he will emphasize marijuana legalization, police practices and civil liberties in his campaign, and that he will be backed by a full slate of Marijuana Party candidates running for seats on the city council and park board.

Emery told CBC he had no illusions about winning the office, but he wanted to draw public attention to police maltreatment of marijuana users and growers. With an estimated 10,000 marijuana grow-ops in the city, Vancouver police raid grows on an almost daily basis, arresting growers, seizing children and fining landlords. "I'll be running on a campaign expressly about police corruption and police abuse and the terrible subjection of our liberties that has gone on in [outgoing Mayor] Philip Owens' last three terms," said Emery.

Emery placed fifth out of 58 candidates when he ran for mayor in 1996. The BC Marijuana Party gained 3% of the vote in parliamentary elections last year, but suffered defections over Emery's unabashed desire to control the direction of the party because he controlled the purse-strings. His is perhaps the most prominent voice in the Canadian marijuana legalization movement. In addition to his seed company, he is owner of Cannabis Culture magazine and has a long history of run-ins with the police. Just weeks ago, his home was raided in the predawn hours by police carrying a search warrant for a grow operation. None was found.

Outgoing Mayor Owens came out for marijuana legalization last March (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/230.html#mayorowen).

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