Marc Emery to be on 60 Minutes

Marc Emery, the Canadian marijuana seed guru the DEA is trying to extradite to the US, is scheduled to be on the CBS news program 60 Minutes Sunday night. Here is a snippet from the CBS teaser:

The last place he wants to be is in jail, but Emery says if the Canadian courts allow the U.S. government to extradite him and a U.S. jury puts him away, he still sees a silver lining.

“I am blessed by what the DEA has done,” he tells Simon. “I would rather see marijuana legalized than me being saved from a U.S. jail. I hope that if I am incarcerated, I can influence tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of young people to take up my cause.”

The 48-year-old Vancouver, B.C., resident is a fervent activist for the legalization of marijuana and a hero to the movement. He has made several million dollars and claims to have sold more seeds than anyone in the world on his Web site and through a magazine he publishes, “Cannabis Culture.”

Selling the seeds is an illegal activity in Canada, but enforcement is rare and punishment light. The drug is legal for medicinal purposes and, overall, Canada has a very laidback attitude toward marijuana. But Emery estimates that the majority of customers he’s sold to over the past decade are Americans. Furthermore, British Columbia is a region that produces very pungent pot known as “BC bud” that is smuggled into the United States, where it’s well known. Emery takes pride in the image.

The program is scheduled to air on Sunday, March 5 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. You will have to check your local listings if in other time zones to ensure that you catch the program.

BTW, my hardware guy has my video equipment at his shop, so if anyone snags or finds an Internet version of the program, please let me know the link. Props.

posted by Stephen Gordon