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Trudeau denies getting high with 'Prince of Pot' Marc Emery

Credits: STEVENS LEBLANC/JOURNAL DE QUEBEC/AGENCE QMI

JESSICA MURPHY | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau says jailed pro-pot activist Marc Emery was "flat out lying" when he said he smoked a few joints with the now Liberal leader.

"I only met Marc Emery once in my life — so that's a lot of smoking with him that I apparently did," Trudeau said in Trois-Rivieres, Que., Friday.

"I've never done it except with people I know and trust. And Marc Emery was someone I met but certainly not someone I ever thought of smoking with."

Trudeau faced a second day of media questioning after revealing he's smoked pot a handful of times in his life — including once three years ago when a joint was passed around a dinner party.

He was the MP for the Montreal riding of Papineau at the time.

Emery is the self-described Prince of Pot and is currently serving a five-year jail sentence in the U.S. for distributing marijuana seeds through the mail. In 2009, he called Trudeau a "hypocrite" for voting along with the rest of the Liberal caucus that year in support of the Conservatives' Bill C-15.

That failed legislation would have brought in tougher penalties for growing pot plants. Similar legislation later passed in 2012 as part of Bill C-10.

Trudeau "has smoked with me four or five times," Emery said in filmed public remarks not long after the Commons vote.

The Liberal leader said he only ever met Emery once and that the activist smoked weed during the meeting but he abstained.


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