I am not looking forward to this day at all, so I hope there will be a strong group of friends and fans to help support me and Marc in this very, very difficult time.
Marc Emery will be taken into custody at the BC Supreme Court on Monday, September 28th. Come out and show your support from 9:00am – 11:30am, Smithe Street between Howe and Hornby, downtown Vancouver.
Marc is going to be committed for extradition on one count (the same one as the plea deal is based upon) by the judge, and will be taken into custody that day.
He will remain in jail here in BC until the federal Justice Minister, Robert Nicholson, signs the extradition order to turn Marc over to US custody. That can happen a week after September 28th or up to 60 days later. (We still urge people to call the Justice Minister and tell him to NOT extradite Marc Emery — go to www.NoExtradition.net for the contact information.)
Marc would then be sent to a Seattle jail to await his sentencing hearing in the federal court of judge Ricardo Martinez. We have been urging people to send letters to him explaining why Marc should not serve time in the USA. (Go to www.NoExtradition.net for Judge Ricardo Martinez’s contact information.)
Marc’s plea deal is for a 5-year sentence, and he will be given that sentence as the result of a joint submission, which means all parties agree on the same sentence. The time would be served in the US, with no parole — a mandatory minimum of 5 years, 85% with good behaviour (that’s still 4 years and 2 months).
Foreigners stay in their own prisons, though. Canadians are not housed with American prisoners; they are imprisoned with illegal immigrants and drug cartel members from Central and South America, and people from elsewhere in the world. There are no work camps, no rehabilitation, no education, no “benefits” that American prisoners receive.
There are also violent gang-related incidents that often leave the prisons on lockdown, in which inmates are kept to their cells for 23 hours every day. See the video and news story about the Canadians experiencing that here: http://www.cannabisculture.com/v2/content/conservatives-challenged-blocked-prisoner-transfers
Marc will apply for a prison transfer as soon as possible, but the Conservative government is refusing to bring Canadians home from the US if they are imprisoned there for “drug offenses”, claiming that they may return to “organized crime” if brought back to Canada. The Minister of Public Safety is in charge of that decision, and we will need to lobby him relentlessly to return Marc Emery to Canada.
The US prosecutor has said he won’t oppose a transfer, but he could renege and refuse to recommend transfer. In that case, we need people to relentlessly lobby the US Corrections, as well as President Obama to pardon Marc Emery.
Contact the White House
The goal is to bring Marc Emery back to Canada as soon as possible so he can be released on day parole as a “first-time, non-violent offender”. It’s absolutely necessary to keep his story alive and in the headlines, to remind people that this is as an affront to Canadian sovereignty.
Please come and show your support at the BC Supreme Court, 800 Smithe Street in downtown Vancouver on Monday, September 28th at 9:00am.
Bring signs too: “FREE MARC EMERY”, “Marc Emery = Political Prisoner”, etc.
Here’s some Skytrain based directions: Take Millenium/Expo line to Burrard Station, walk south on Burrard to Smithe, turn left (East) on Smithe. Take Canada Line to Vancouver Centre, walk west on Georgia to Howe, turn left (South) on Howe, walk to Smithe, turn right.