Marc’s extradition hearing has been scheduled for the end of September, but it’s not likely to happen, as a plea deal arrangement should be finalized by then. Marc has given our lawyer Ian Donaldson a go-ahead to begin negotiations — specifically, a joint submission for a 5-year sentence in the USA. We could have argued sentencing, asking for no time to a maximum of 5 years, but the prosecutor would then argue for 5 years minimum to 10 or more and the DEA and Justice Department would surely sway the judge (Ricardo Martinez, Washington state Federal judge) towards a higher rather than lower sentence.
So a joint submission will set it right in the middle, 5 years. Then Marc will apply right away for a prison transfer, which we will be rallying Canadians and Americans to petition for — because the Conservative government here is likely to refuse transfer, just as they refused the US request for a unique 5-year sentence in Canada for Marc one year ago. So we definitely need Canadian outrage over his imprisonment in the USA in order to have our government agree to bring him back home.
Marc and I will be at Vancouver City Hall on the morning of July 21st to continue the Business License Application hearing for our store, Cannabis Culture Headquarters. I doubt anything will be resolved by then, but I’m not quite sure what will happen.
Bill C-15 has passed the House of Commons and is in the Senate. Thankfully, some intelligent and concerned Senators didn’t rush to pass it before recess as the Conservatives wanted. Unfortunately, Stephen Harper is appointing new Conservative Senators this summer in order to tip the scales and, he hopes, to have it pass when Parliament reconvenes. This is pure evil and MUST be stopped, which people can help do by contacting their Senators at www.WhyProhibition.ca — it’s an easy-to-do automated form letter.