NDP, Liberal, Conservative Politicians Petition to Stop Marc Emery’s Extradition to the U.S.

The petitions are being presented today, Monday March 15th; watch live online at www.CPAC.ca after 3:00pm EST (12:00 Pacific)!

Members of Parliament from three parties—Conservative, Liberal, and New Democrat—are poised to present petitions with thousands of signatures seeking to stop the extradition to the U.S. of Canada’s Prince of Pot, Marc Emery.

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The politicians are Conservative MP Scott Reid of Ontario, Vancouver South Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh, and Vancouver East NDP MP Libby Davies, the Georgia Straight has learned.

“That’s correct,” Reid’s aide Mike Firth confirmed by phone from Ottawa. “We haven’t arranged a day yet. We’re still trying to get a day when the three of them will be available at the same time.”

Last summer, Emery entered into a plea bargain with American authorities that will likely see him thrown in a U.S. jail for at least five years for distributing marijuana seeds.

The petitions ask Conservative justice minister and attorney general Rob Nicholson not to sign the extradition papers of the Vancouver-based cannabis activist.

In a phone interview, Jodie Emery, Marc Emery’s wife, related that she and her husband met Reid at a Liberty Summer Seminar organized by the Ontario-based Institute for Liberal Studies.

“Scott Reid was there one year, and we talked to him and he understands that prohibition is a bad idea,” she said.

Emery also recalled that Reid told them his wife once used marijuana when she was undergoing a series of medical treatments. “She doesn’t need it anymore, I don’t think,” she said. “He said it helps with the nausea. So I guess he’s willing to say that he thinks this [the extradition]is wrong too. There are a lot of Conservative party members who said they don’t like this happening.”

Reid wasn’t available for comment.

By Davies’s estimate, the offices of the three MPs have received petitions signed by about 12,000 people who are opposed to Emery’s extradition.

She confirmed that her office is communicating with Dosanjh’s and Reid’s offices to pin down a day when they will bring the petitions to the floor of the House of Commons.

“I’m very happy that we should try and do it on the same day,” Davies said by phone from Ottawa. “You can’t necessarily do it one after the other because the Speaker recognizes you not necessarily in the order you want.”

In a separate interview, Dosanjh said that presenting petitions in the House is one of the duties of MPs.

Said Dosanjh on the phone from Ottawa, “Members from three different parties are doing it—it’s really a nonpartisan issue.”

In an interview with the Straight in December, after he was released on bail from the North Fraser Pretrial Centre, Marc Emery said that American authorities are out to get him because of the significant work he has done on legalizing marijuana.

Emery cited a media statement issued by then–U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration head Karen Tandy following his arrest in 2005. The release stated that his arrest was “a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement”.

– Article from The Georgia Straight.

Comments

12 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    Rob Nicholson is a neo-nazi christian fundamentalist, plain and simple, i trust we’ll all gather at 4:20 to urinate on his grave when the goat kicks the bucket from a heat attack or stroke.

  2. Anonymous on

    wow, that was a fat stack of petitions! Wipe that smirk off your face, MP behind Scott Reid!

  3. Anonymous on

    Poke a stick in thier(us) eye marc!

  4. its420 on

    Dear Oregonian! your tax money had pay for so many people around the world…

  5. Anonymous on

    I don’t approve of my Tax money being used to jail Canadian citizens. This is the type of behaviour that is why the rest of the world thinks of the US as the world police.

    oregond56

  6. Utica, NY on

    Keep it up Marc. Your fight is worth while. Thank you for fighting for all of us and the plant world. You are AWESOME!!

  7. foam on

    I don’t see where Marc is a priority for the American gov- they certainly have better things to do..Best of Lauck Amigo Marc!!

  8. Anonymous on

    this is the beginning of the end of this shit marc

    this surely is going to swing that nazi fuck rob nicholson over

    KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT!!!

    legalize it!

  9. Anonymous on

    Sure. What context? Chris Bennet giving out punishments for year long terms? Never heard of that before for people being creative.

  10. Dave on

    Say what? I think you’re out of context. No sympathy there? Are you that person who has problems being understood?

  11. Anonymous on

    Your account has been banned or locked. This ban will expire on 03/01/11 12:11 PM. If the Administrator has specified a reason for this ban, you will find it below.

    keeps posting out of context stuff int eh forums, dspite warnings.

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    One year ban for posting out of context!

    No sympathy here.

  12. Andrew Thomas on

    I am so happy for Mark Emery and his crew! I believe this could follow threw, and I have lots of hope for it.