Pot refugee granted bail in B.C.

Vancouver ? A California woman who has been denied refugee status and ordered to return to the United States to face marijuana charges was granted bail on Friday as she fights her extradition.
Renee Boje’s case was adjourned until Sept. 30 in B.C. Supreme Court.

Ms. Boje, who fled to British Columbia in 1998, lives in Vancouver with her Canadian pot-activist husband Chris Bennett and their child.

She said Justice Minister Irwin Cotler had ordered her to surrender to authorities for deportation.

The California charges relate to a growing operation for a medical marijuana patient.

Ms. Boje said the Justice Minister rejected her position that she was the victim of political persecution and would suffer cruel and unusual punishment in the U.S.

Mr. Bennett, who runs the website Pot TV, has said his wife could be jailed for a minimum 10 years because of her association with medical marijuana.

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