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Liberals reject high-profile pot activist's bid to run in Vancouver East

Jodie Emery, seen here at a marijuana protest in Vancouver in 2010, is seeking the federal Liberal nomination for Vancouver East, an riding that has been held by the NDP since 1997.

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Marijuana activist Jodie Emery says her bid to become a Liberal MP has ended with the party's rejection Friday of her bid for the nomination in Vancouver East.

Ms. Emery said in an interview that the chair of the Liberal greenlight committee wrote Friday to say it is not recommending her as a candidate.

Ms. Emery said the "very short and sweet" note did not explain the committee's specific objections.

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However, she acknowledged her activism was likely an issue. "Perhaps that's a bit too much baggage for the party."

Also, she suggested the Liberals likely now see Vancouver East as far more competitive given the decision of the riding's MP, veteran New Democrat Libby Davies, not to seek re-election.

Ms. Emery, who once ran as a candidate for B.C's Green Party, said she respects the decision and will not run as an independent.

"I support the Liberals. I want them to win ridings across Canada to defeat the Harper government," she said.

‎Ms. Emery said she understands her $1,000 nomination fee will be returned to her.

For now, she said she will focus on continued activism and attending to her husband Marc Emery, known as the Prince of Pot, who was released last summer after a five-year sentence in a U.S prison for selling marijuana seeds.

The long-awaited ruling eases a challenge for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who had been facing questions about Ms. Emery's bid to link herself to his party despite any resolution in the nomination question.

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The Liberals have said four candidates were being vetted by the greenlight committee.

‎A party spokesperson for the B.C. wing was not available for comment.

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Ian Bailey is a Vancouver-based reporter for The Globe and Mail.  He covers politics and general news. Prior to arriving at The Globe and Mail, he reported from Toronto and St. John’s for The Canadian Press.  He has also covered British Columbia for CP, The National Post and The Province. More

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