‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery responds to allegations of sexual harassment

TIFFANY CRAWFORD -January 17, 2019

In a Facebook post late Wednesday, the self-described Prince of Pot denies he ever harmed anyone, but admits he is a “touchy” guy who doesn’t always get it right when speaking openly about sex.

The alleged incidents were made public on Twitter by Deidre Olsen, who was hired by Cannabis Culture but did not end up taking the job. Emery owned Cannabis Culture in downtown Vancouver but says ownership was transferred to his wife Jodie Emery in 2009.

In an interview Thursday, Olsen, a journalist now living in Toronto, said she was traumatized by sexually suggestive emails that Emery had sent her in the past. She alleges it was common at Cannabis Culture for Emery to invite girls as young as 15 to sit on his lap and smoke weed.

Olsen alleges Emery made unwanted sexual advances when she was 17 and hung out at Cannabis Culture in Vancouver. She said his stories of sexual exploits made her extremely uncomfortable.

“They made me feel weird,” she said. “I was always so worried that my mom or my boyfriend would walk in and see these creepy emails from a man who was 50 so I would delete them really quickly.”

She describes Cannabis Culture, which she thought would be a really cool place to work, as an old boys club where middle-aged men worked with vulnerable teenage girls and young women, who she alleges Emery “groomed, harassed, assaulted and exploited.”

Olsen never went to police and none of the allegations have been tested in court.

Olsen said many of the young women were homeless or from poor backgrounds who desperately needed the job.

“I was lucky. I came from a good home had a very loving mother who pulled me out of (Cannabis Culture.)”