CANNABIS CULTURE – For almost a month supporters of Marc Emery have camped outside of the North Fraser Pretrial Centre where the Vancouver activist is being held. Emery, who faces extradition for selling marijuana seeds through the mail, could be sent to the United States as early as Wednesday.
“24 Hours a day, 7 days a week people have been camped outside to show their support for my husband” said Jodie Emery, “Hundreds of people have attended and the honks of support from passing vehicles are nearly constant. How can the Justice Minister ignore this huge outpouring of public support for Marc?”
Thousands of Canadians have called, emailed, faxed or written the Justice Minister in support of Emery. So far, Minister Nicholson has not responded, though the New Democratic Party, which holds the balance of power in the House of Commons, has stated it’s opposition to his extradition. Jack Layton, NDP leader had this to say:
“Several years ago, when this matter became public, we voiced our opposition the extradition of Mr. Emery. We believed then, as we do now, that it is wrong to extradite our citizens for an offence that would not – and, in this situation, did not – result in him being charged in Canada.”
In 2008, the United States and Emery signed an agreement which would have had Emery serve his time in Canada. Officials in the Canadian Department of Justice refused the deal however, on the grounds that having Emery stay in Canada was not in the public interest.