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Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery embraces his wife Jodie before turning himself in at the court house in Vancouver, British Columbia September 28, 2009. The self proclaimed Prince of Pot turned himself in before being extradited to the United States to serve a five year jail sentence for selling marijuana seeds. REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA SOCIETY CRIME LAW) - RTXP24F Andy Clark/Reuters
Marc Emery is set to return to Canada this afternoon, when the so-called Prince of Pot plans to make a speech at Windsor City Hall Plaza in southwestern Ontario following his release from a U.S. prison.
- Watch Marc Emery's arrival in Windsor, Ont., live on CBCNews.ca around 4 p.m. ET
Emery was handed a five-year sentence in the U.S. for selling marijuana seeds to American clients from his Vancouver-based company, Cannabis Culture. After spending just over four years behind bars, he will be released Tuesday and flown from a facility in Louisiana to Detroit, where he will cross the border to Windsor.
Emery, who has vowed to seek political revenge against the Conservative government for its role in his extradition, plans several speaking engagements, including one in Toronto, before returning to his home on the West Coast on Sunday.
His wife, Jodie Emery, said his schedule is packed.
"Marc will be getting right back to work at our Cannabis Culture store," she told CBC News.
"We’re also being sponsored to go speak in cities around the world about policy reforms."
A lot has changed since Emery was arrested nearly a decade ago.
In Canada, many police forces are less concerned with marijuana offences than they once were, while in some U.S. states, the drug has been legalized and become big business.
Tangles with the law
Emery started selling pot seeds in 1994 with a goal of raising money to help activist groups, lobbyists and ballot initiatives.
He was first arrested in 2005 at his Vancouver shop by city police who were working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Emery struck a deal with U.S. prosecutors and pleaded guilty in 2009 to one charge of drug distribution in exchange for a five-year sentence.
He had hoped to serve part of that sentence in Canada, but was extradited to Seattle in May 2010, when he pleaded guilty to selling marijuana seeds from Canada to American customers.
Emery spent just over four years in detention in the U.S., part of it at the maximum-security SeaTac Federal Detention Centre. After his sentencing, he was held at various prisons including facilities in Missouri and Louisiana.
Emery plans 'political revenge' against Tories
Emery has been open about his political views in previous CBC News interviews, vowing to campaign against the Conservative government for its involvement in his extradition.
"My own government betrayed me and I'm going to wreak an appropriate amount of political revenge when I get home," he told CBC earlier this year.
Emery believes he should never have been turned over to U.S. authorities and has criticized both Canadian and U.S. governments for delaying his return home.
According to a blog Emery kept while in prison, his sentence ended on July, 9. After his paperwork was completed a flight was booked for him to Detroit.
"This is my last blog from the terminals of the US Bureau of Prisons," wrote Emery in his post on June 30. "My sentence was for five years (1,825 days), and I earned all 235 days of my eligible good conduct credit, so my sentence officially ends at 1,590 days, which is Wednesday, July 9th."