‘Cannabis queen’ Jodie Emery files to run for federal Liberals in Vancouver East
Sarah Boesveld | September 8, 2014 7:20 PM ET
Ms. Emery said she has never met or spoken with Mr. Trudeau, but members of the Vancouver East Federal Liberal Riding Association encouraged her to seek the nomination. Still, she understands why he would be nervous as the Conservatives try to connect his support for legalization with the slippery slope leading to the corruption of children.
“The initial news implied that they’d reached out to me which wasn’t true,” she told theNational Post after filing her papers, referring to a Georgia Strait headline that claimed the Liberals had wooed Canada’s “cannabis queen.”
“I clarified it as much as I could afterwards, and I intend to run this campaign as much as I can from the ground up.”
Mr. Trudeau has been criticized for parachuting in “star” candidates, such as Chrystia Freeland, which also might explain his reluctance to become involved in an open nomination process, she said. Speculation he was distancing himself from Ms. Emery swirled after they both attended the Liberal Party BC Day barbecue, but did not speak.
The Conservatives’ efforts to warn against marijuana legalization in local by-elections have failed to gain traction, Ms. Emery said.
“[I]t’s funny that the Conservatives and NDP are warning to not have us run [for the Liberals] … why are they concerned about the welfare of the Liberal party?” she said.
“Maybe, it suggests we actually can help get the vote out because Marc and I are high profile and we have people who want to get active and we have a federal party that wants to legalize marijuana.”
The couple’s political efforts kicked into high gear this summer after Mr. Emery was released from a Mississippi prison, having served 1,590 days for drug distribution. He wants the federal election to be a “referendum on marijuana legalization.” Ms. Emery shares his views, although she hopes the issue would be resolved quickly after the election and she could represent her riding on other issues.
“We want more freedom, we want more liberty, we want more value for our tax dollars, the best services available with the lowest cost,” she said, adding she believes Canadians support legalizing pot.
So far, she has just one opponent — Richard Jaques, a former Mountie who was once disciplined for “abuse of authority.”
Vancouver East has been held by the NDP for 17 years, primarily by Libby Davies, a woman Ms. Emery calls her “role model.”
Article source National Post
High-profile marijuana activist files for federal Liberal nomination