Vancouver Pot Activist Marc Emery To Plead Guilty To US Drug Charge

Marc Emery is facing extradition on three drug charges for selling marijuana seeds by mail order to customers in the U.S. (CBC)Marc Emery is facing extradition on three drug charges for selling marijuana seeds by mail order to customers in the U.S. (CBC)Marijuana activist Marc Emery says he plans to drop his fight against extradition to the U.S. and plead guilty to one charge of drug distribution in a Seattle courtroom next month.

Emery’s extradition hearing in Vancouver was adjourned on Wednesday so his lawyer could negotiate a deal with the U.S. district attorney in which Emery could spend up to eight years in jail for one charge, while two other more serious charges are dropped, he said.

“I will be making a guilty plea to one count of marijuana distribution this summer, and then when I’m sentenced the U.S. district attorney is going to be asking for five to eight years in a federal U.S. penitentiary,” he told CBC News on Wednesday.

After the guilty plea, Emery expects he will be sentenced in August or September and is hoping he will eventually be transferred to a Canadian jail.

Joint U.S.-Canada bust

This is not the first time the marijuana activist has said his lawyers are cutting a deal with U.S. prosecutors. In July 2008, Emery said he had made a deal in which he would serve a minimum of five years in jail, but he later blamed Canadian authorities when the deal fell through.

The marijuana activist is facing drug charges for selling pot seeds to U.S. customers, after his Vancouver-based mail order business was busted in a joint operation involving both U.S. and Canadian law enforcement agencies in 2005.

He’s been fighting extradition ever since, but on Wednesday he said he now realizes it’s a fight he’s not going to win.

“Ultimately my lawyer is convinced that the Canadian government has never refused an extradition request from the United States and it’s not going to start now,” he said.

“Sometimes you have to face up to the reality of what’s going to happen, and under this scenario I may be free out of prison in two or three or four years,” he said.

Without the deal, Emery said, he would be facing much more time in jail.

“This is a preferential arrangement to the not-so-good-arrangement that would see me spend 10, 20, 30 years in a U.S. federal penitentiary, foreseeably the rest of my life, and that doesn’t give a person a lot of hope,” he said.

Prepared to do time

“The DA wants to paint me as a large player providing a lot of marijuana to people, and we’ll bring up that it was only seeds and it was totally transparent. It was done in Canada out in the open for 10 or 12 years,” he told CBC News during an interview at the busy downtown Vancouver hemp store he still operates.

“I didn’t keep any of the money — $4 million. I gave it all away to activist groups around the world, so my motives are unusual, so that does mitigate in sentencing,” said Emery, who frequently ran in provincial and federal elections as the leader of the Marijuana Party.

But the man who once spent more than two months in a Canadian prison for passing a joint to an undercover officer is now preparing for a much longer stay in a U.S. prison.

“You’ve got to keep busy in jail. You’ve got to be reading, in my case writing. I’ll be learning Spanish, French. You’ve got to have projects,” he said.

– Article from CBC News.

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  1. GrimReeferSOAD on

    i would do whatever i could do to not go to prison. try offering the judge a bj. but seriously this must be a scary time for emery cause 5 years is a long a$$ time. good luck and F**K THE US GOVERNMENT

  2. J. Moore on

    …How this man can still sound so up-beat while staring such a prison sentence in the face seems impossible to me. And yet if you’ve ever met him, you know that’s Marc all the way.

    He seems to be positive and forward looking by nature, and is always planning and working on projects, such as the convenience store and sandwich shop he opened up recently in Vancouver. These are his own words, spoken as he announced his decision to accept a deal:

    “You’ve got to keep busy in jail. You’ve got to be reading, in my case writing. I’ll be learning Spanish, French. You’ve got to have projects.”

    Hearing quotes like that, you have to believe he will do as well as anyone in prison.

    Marc’s saga with the United States Government is in the endgame at this point, and I would like to propose, here and now, a new campaign of activism to help this man to whom so many of us feel we owe so much.

    Let us each take it upon ourselves to write to the US Prosecutor, and also the Judge if that is allowed, who are in charge of this case, and plead for leniency in Marc’s sentencing.

    Speak respectfully to them, and speak passionately. There is nothing to be gained now by hurling hatred or insults, but there may be much to be gained for Marc if we act intelligently, responsibly and in great numbers.

    Tell them that Marc is a good person, a kind person. Tell them he is a good boss if you work for him. Tell them he is a man of peace, as he truly is, and remind them that he has not been charged, nor committed, any act of physical violence. Tell them anything you may know of good things has done for the community, or of help he has given to individuals.

    I pledge to do this by Monday, and I hope that you will find time to do so as well, and soon.

    There are tangible good results we can still hope for, such as a comparitely short sentence, a prison more suited to white collar offenders, even serving some of his time in Canada. Marc thinks he will be sentenced in August or September, so let’s get moving. It’s not quite over yet.

  3. BC_Budman on

    Marc has done all he can and it is now OUR TURN!

    What I propose is what the East Indian community did for one of theirs.

    Surround him with bodies to make it difficult for them to take him.

    I think David Malmo-Levine (sp?) proposed something similar.

    RISE UP YE UNDEAD! Use your bodies as a barricade.

  4. Anonymous on

    Now three years ago marc was and should have been fucked by our beloved ex-president but we have been promised change and equality on many different fronts, coming from a president that admits to smoking before. But has marc been pardoned no, a fence goes up in the south and we all suffer the aftermath especially people in the south. Are these republican abominations irreversible? Of course not, but it would take a real man of change not another puppet off a two party system both pushing towards the same future, the past.

  5. Sir Les on

    Upholding the truth of your belief!
    Jesus did not bend his knee!
    Jesus did not acknowledge Rome!
    Jesus Did not confess!
    Jesus did not lie!
    Jesus walked the road of truth and died for it!
    Jesus proclaimed a higher kingdom than Rome, to which he belonged…a kingdom of truth!
    That is a martyr, one should take notes from!

    Marc if your reading these comments…listen to reason, do not deal with the liars on their lying level!…bring God’s word to your defence!
    And denie dealing Drugs, for you did not deal drugs to the use through the mail!
    The only thing they can charge you with is the possibility to grow drugs…and that takes alot of veriables you did not supply!

    Hence the possibility to grow “the drugs” lies with the buyer in the nation or country under that law!
    Not the countries outside of that…for that law only applies to those under that law in that nation/country!

    The seed itself has no drug in it as it is…and doesn’t bring about this so called drug until fully matured as a plant!..(which you did not sell, but sold the seed for a possibilty)
    Drugs?
    This is only possible to those who sow the seeds, and thus you have some part in that by selling those seeds…but you sre not solely responcible for selling drugs/narcotics!

    If I were you, I would fight for that correction, and if I was making a deal, I would use this stance in my defence!

    The seed has no drug content!

    Thus the whole charge is nul and void in my mind!

    But that is not the case for you, because you believe you broke their law…But you haven’t if you take the stand of what constitutes drug content…and where you become a seed seller, or a drug dealer…under the law, as they have writen it….kinda falls into a gray area…
    I believe here you can also make a case, as to what constitutes a drug…and how much of the drug breaks the law of selling narcotics/drugs…when absolutely No drug is present in the seeds….Do not lie and condem yourself.
    Tell the truth, and nothing but the truth, and set yourself and your friends free…or go to prison atleast under that truth so others will follow with out fear!

    Over grow
    over power
    over lord
    God’s kingdom come!
    EDEN

    God bless
    Sir Les

  6. Sir Les on

    Upholding the truth of your belief!
    Jesus did not bend his knee!
    Jesus did not acknowledge Rome!
    Jesus Did not confess!
    Jesus did not lie!
    Jesus walk the road of truth and died for it!
    That is a martyr one should take notes from!

    Marc if your reading these comments…listen to reason, do not deal with the liars!…bring God word to your defence!
    And denie dealing Drugs, for you did not deal drugs!
    The only thing they can charge you with is the possibility to grow drugs…and that takes alot of veriables you did not supply!

    Hence the possibility to grow “the drugs” lies with the buyer!

    The seed it self has no drug in it as it is…and doesn’t bring about this so called drug until fully matured as a plant!
    This is only possible to those who sow the seed, and thus you have some part in that by selling those seeds…but you sre not solely responcible for selling drugs!

    If I were you I would fight for that correction, and if I was making a deal, I would use this stance in my defence!

    The seed has no drug content!

    Thus the whole charge is nul and void in my mind!

    But that is not the case for you, because you believe you broke their law…But you haven’t if you take the stand of what constitutes drug content…and where you become a seed seller, or a drug dealer…under the law, as they have writen it.
    I believe here you can also make a case, as to what constitutes a drug…and how much of the drug breaks the law of selling narcotics/drugs…when absolutely No drug is present in the seeds….Do not lie and condem yourself.
    Tell the truth, and nothing but the truth, and set yourself and your friends free!

    God bless
    Sir Les

  7. Anonymous on

    I’m from Europe, but I’ve been following on this for a while. I’m disappointed that he has to make this sacrifice, but I understand why and anyone in his shoes would have done the same. Not to mention sparing his friends from suffering the same fate, which does indeed speak volumes about him.

    What I am happy about though, is that by sentencing him for any amount of time, the US is effectively making him a martyr for his cause and Marc knows that too. History taught us that it’s a bad idea to make martyrs out of your enemies because it rallies the people. He’s just one person out of millions and I’m happy that even though the US will win this fight, they will lose way more by doing it in the long run. They are showing the world what kind of monsters they really are. He will be making a sacrifice for the greater good and that is very good news for all of us. They are losing the fight.

  8. Sir Les on

    Plead guilty to drug charges, for you have not sold nor exchanged any drugs!!!…what you sold was the possibility to grow drugs!…and or medicines…
    And in that there is a very big difference!
    And so the law has to change to suite the crime, not the other way around!

    Fight fight fight for your rights to be sower of seeds!

    If you are extrodited…use their laws against them!
    “Freedom and liberty for ALL”…so they say!…make em prove it!
    And “In God we trust” now you know there is no other higher court in the lands than God’s kingdom…And God already Judged the plants as being Good, and he gave them to us to restore Eden with….it is all laid out in the bible.
    You are just doing God’s will, by spreading those seeds around the world.

    Ask them …if they would put God in prison for making and growing Marijuana?

    And then, when they say no…Ask them why are you putting his children in prison for doing the same thing then…?

    That might get them off their chairs in a commotion of debate.

    You can then pick up the bible and draw references from Genesis..God’s word and will…is the garden of Eden…where the plants are ordered and judged as being all Good!…the one told not to touch, is also in the garden at the center,,,so nothing is ommitted!…even that tree exists in the garden at the center…

    Hence to reverse what Adam and Eve did to make death a constant through sin (disobediance)..taking without asking, disobaying God, with ill intent…We should return/restore the plant sinlessly to its rightful place!

    I think that is the jist of our making , and reason for being human….”to correct the errors” of our forefathers and mothers…so we can enter Eden, and or the kingdom of God.
    “those who do the will of the father, shall enter paradsie”
    is a self fulfilling paradox…how can we enter it, if we do not make it?
    And how can we make it, if we are oppressed by prohibition and bent laws?..twisted trade, and corrupt governments breaking the commandments/laws of God?
    So we never end up sinless, if we the people support the evils now being done with taxes….

    What is more important, a healthy planet,peace health and happiness….. or money/idolatry with all the opposites?

    Marijuana is part of a healthy planet priciple, that needs partners to sow it into the soils!

    As I said your just doing God’s work in keeping the plants alive like God asks us all to do…Genesis 2:15 “to tend and keep the garden!” and if done sinlessly…your accounted worthy by God and Christ Jesus who says : “It is all good when taken with thanks Giving”

    Now who is going against that ideal today?
    Certainly not you!

    Let God work for you, as you work for God!

    fight the good fight,,believe in him, trust his words, and even if they prosicute you, do not submit!

    You have done no crime or broken any laws!

    The ones in the USA who sow the seeds are the law breakers in their Country!

    You only provided the means and probability of…if your going to plead guilty at least be honest by claiming that!

    Be well
    God bless

    Sir Les

  9. Anonymous on

    Those of you who would criticize Marc for making this plea should understand that he is making this big sacrifice so that his two friends, Michelle and Greg, can go free. That speaks volumes about the man’s compassion and integrity.

    Marc, we appreciate the advocacy you have done on behalf of peaceful cannabis consumers everywhere. We won’t forget what you’ve been through for the cause.

    They can lock up your body but they’ll never get your mind.

  10. Arkansas_Farmboy on

    You are in the thoughts and prayers of people that you don’t know and likely will never meet. I hope that fortune smiles on you and that prison in the U.S doesn’t happen.

    Reguardless, I thank you personally for taking the role that you have for legalization and helping people grow.
    I still have your autographed poster from the summer of legalization.

    If I’m not mistaken Seattle,WA has an annual hempfest. A pretty big one. Might even be a pre sentencing topic.

    Best wishes from me and the wife

    Farmboy

  11. Quankers on

    I can’t blame Marc for doing this, but it is disappointing.

  12. Anonymous on

    Stop the war on drugs!! Stop the war on our own citizens in the U.S. and Canada!!

  13. Anonymous on

    Marc Emery can hardly be blamed for taking steps to try and reduce the amount of time he may have to spend in prison. However this entire situation is a travesty. How is it possible that a foreign country can impede upon our sovereignty in such a way. A bigger travesty is that our government, who were placed into power to serve the interests of Canadians, would willingly, even eagerly participate in this debacle.
    But what are we, as citizens of this country supposed to do about this. Time and again I have heard, and read about steps that we should take to make our voices heard. Letter writing campaigns to our MP’s; letters to the editors of newspapers, magazines and online forums; petitions. All this has been done time and again for decades. All has amounting to nothing. Our elected officials care nothing about what the majority of citizens in this country want. They only care to cater to the demands of big business, foreign governments and their own self serving interests. What are we supposed to do?

  14. David Malmo-Levine on

    Marc has been outspoken and active in a more effective manner than any previous Canadian pot activist. He sent many millions of seeds to the US and all over the world, while sending out messages of drug peace throughout the media.

    If you think you can do a better job and be super hard core and demand the maximum sentence and all that BS we are told to believe about civil disobedience, then by all means, show us all how it’s done correctly.

    Like 100% of Marc’s previous detractors, I suspect you too have done nothing and will do nothing for the movement other than make a small cash donation that you treat as though it was a share in a corporation.

  15. Dr.GreenThumb on

    Wow i hate to see a man like Marc who has been at the forfront of the marijuana cause have to spend even 1 year in prison in the US. What a cruel joke it seems to me that the canadian goverment should have refused to hand over someone who has been completely open this whole time,who has paid taxes and dues for his business, and to have his own goverment turn there backs on him is just unbelievable.
    I would just like to see who they bring in as the victim(s)from his actions cause im sure there isnt any. Dont put down your guard Marc keep fighting the good fight. And to all of us out there we shouldnt allow them to take one of are own, we need to make a stand now cause the next one to take the fall might be you.
    END THE MINDLESS DRUG WAR AGAINST ARE OWN CITIZENS!

  16. Tyler on

    I want to know why we gave him donations to help his case. So he can lie down and take in the ass from the U.S?. Do we get are money back?.

  17. Anonymous on

    I say to hell with that Marc ,but i now know why you are doing it,and cannot argue other than self preservation,but I honestly know the movement is happening regardless.I promise I will not forget.