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Protesters take to the streets of downtown Vancouver to protest the extradition of the self-style "Prince of Pot", Marc Emery. May 20, 2010.

Brett Beadle For The Globe and Mail/brett beadle The Globe and Mail

Vancouver marijuana activist Marc Emery has picked up a potentially serious bacterial infection while serving time in several U.S. prisons.

Mr. Emery's wife, Jodie, says the 53-year-old has tested positive for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as the super bug MRSA.

Ms. Emery says her husband was tested when he arrived at the Mississippi prison where he was transferred while serving his five year sentence for selling cannabis seeds to U.S. customers via the Internet.

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If left untreated, MRSA-resistant infections can lead to life-threatening complications, such as an infection of the bloodstream.

Mr. Emery was sentenced in Seattle in September, 2010 after being extradited from Canada.

He was denied a transfer to a Canadian jail in April of this year and has served time in prisons from Washington State to Nevada, Oklahoma and Georgia, while awaiting his release date, set for July 2014.

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