The Clock is Ticking on Marc Emery’s Extradition

Canadian “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery’s battle to avoid being extradited to the US to serve a five-year federal prison sentence for selling pot seeds over the Internet continues as the clock ticks down toward May 10 – the date by which Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson is to decide whether to okay his extradition or not.

Emery and his supporters are fighting to the bitter end, and they’re picking up some significant support along the way.

Last month, members of all three major English speaking political parties, including the ruling Conservatives, handed in 12,000 signatures on petitions to parliament demanding he not be extradited and addressed the House of Commons on the issue. Shortly thereafter, the French speaking Bloc Quebecois announced it, too, was joining the cause of keeping Emery in Canada.

Emery was Canada’s best known marijuana legalization advocate and a leading funder of marijuana reform groups there and in other countries when he was arrested in Vancouver on a US warrant for marijuana seed-selling after being indicted by a federal grand jury in Seattle. He faced up to life in prison under the US charges.

Emery, his supporters, and other marijuana reformers have argued that he was arrested for political reasons — for his support of the legalization cause — and the gleeful words of then DEA administrator Karen Tandy provided valuable ammunition for the claim. Emery’s arrest was “a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the US and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement,” Tandy said in a statement the day of the bust.

“His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery’s illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on,” Tandy gloated.

For four years, he and his employees and fellow indictees, Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams, negotiated with federal prosecutors, before Rainey and Williams struck plea deals that allowed them to simply remain in Canada. Then, last September, Emery himself agreed to a plea bargain that would see him serve five years in US prison.

Emery was detained in Canada on September 28 and was jailed until mid-November before he was released pending the justice minister’s decision on whether to approve his removal to the United States. Since then, the campaign to block his extradition has gone all out. Even in prison, Emery did podcasts — “potcasts,” the magazine calls them — and since his release, he has been as media-friendly as ever. He has used his Cannabis Culture magazine as a bully pulpit and established a No Extradition! web site to further the cause.

The high point of the campaign so far came on March 12 when three members of parliament, Conservative MP Scott Reid, New Democratic MP Libby Davies, and Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh stood before parliament in Ottawa to deliver the petitions. All three told the Commons that extraditing Emery for what is considered a non-serious offense in Canada was unfair.

MP Reid, a Conservative leader in the House, reminded the Commons that the Extradition Act specifies that the justice minister “shall refuse to surrender a person when that surrender could involve unjust or undue or oppressive actions by the country to which he is being extradited.”

Reid pointed out that Health Canada used to refer medical marijuana patients to Emery’s seed bank. He also noted that Canadian courts had found that $200 fines were appropriate for seed sellers, while Emery faced up to life for the same offense in the US.

“It appears to me that we have assisted a foreign government arresting a man for doing something that we wouldn’t arrest him for doing in Canada,” said MP Dosanjh. “As a former premier and a former attorney-general, I sense a certain degree of unfairness in the process. Countries don’t usually extradite people to countries where they could face inordinate penalties.”

“Many dedicated individuals have collected approximately 12,000 petitions reflecting a strong belief that Mr. Emery or any Canadian should not face harsh punishment in the US for selling cannabis seeds on the Internet when it is not worthy of prosecution in Canada,” said MP Davies. “The petitioners call on Parliament to make it clear to the Minister of Justice that such an extradition should be opposed. I am very pleased to present this; I think it is a very strong reflection of Canadians’ views on this matter and we hope that the Parliament of Canada will act on this, and certainly the Minister of Justice will take this into account.”

“My prospects are getting better,” said an ever optimistic Emery. “There have been more than 50,000 communications — phone calls, letters, emails — to the justice minister, and we have members of all four major political parties, including the governing party, presenting petitions urging the minister not to extradite. We also have the last three mayors of Vancouver agreeing to sign a statement urging the government not to extradite.”

Support is palpable in his adopted hometown, Emery said. “I can’t go 50 feet in this city without people stopping me on the street,” he said from his downtown Vancouver building. “I have lots of support in this province and throughout the country. I enjoy a lot of positive affirmation. For me, this has been excellent — I’ve been giving interviews all over the world, and the movie ‘Prince of Pot’ is being translated into Mongolian! The national TV network there has permission to do two documentaries on pot, and I’m in both of them.”

Now, all eyes turn toward Justice Minister Nicholson. A month from now, he will decide whether to extradite Emery or not — or he may punt. The minister has the option of applying for an extension on his decision.

There is precedent for the minister to seek an extension, said attorney Kirk Tousaw, who has worked on Emery’s case. “Renee Boje was committed for extradition, and the decision sat on the desk of three different justice ministers for five years,” he pointed out. “Renee was a US citizen who committed offenses in America, so she seemed like a much more reasonable prospect for extradition than Marc, who has never gone to America or committed any crimes there.”

In the meantime, the campaign to keep Emery in Canada continues to gather support and argue the position that his was a politically motivated prosecution. “If the minister believes the prosecution to be politically motivated, he is prohibited from extraditing,” said attorney Kirk Tousaw, who has worked on Emery’s case. “I don’t know if he will take that position. The minister may need a lot of time to consider his options.”

The calculations may be as much political as legal, Tousaw said. “This is a minority Conservative government that is attempting to pass unpopular mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes, and there will be an election sometime this year or early next year,” he argued. “I think that extraditing Marc Emery will be politically costly to the Conservative Party. I’m not sure they can afford to do it if they want to form a majority government.”

“The government does want to extradite me,” said Emery, “but the public pressure not to do it is substantial. There is nothing to be gaining by extraditing me, and it will piss off a couple of million voters in the next election.”

A month from now, we will know whether the Conservative government is willing to sacrifice the gadfly Emery on the altar of the drug war, or whether it is too concerned about the potential backlash to either reject extradition or postpone the decision.

– Article from Drug War Chronicle.


A Pot of Money to Piss On

by Jacob Sullum, Reason Magazine

Last fall Marc Emery, Canada’s self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot,” reached a plea deal with the U.S. Justice Department, agreeing to serve five years in federal prison for the crime of selling marijuana seeds to Americans via the Internet. But the Drug War Chroniclereports that Emery is still hoping to avoid deportation, which Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson can block if he concludes that the punishment Emery faces is grossly disproportionate or that his prosecution was politically motivated. There is strong evidence on both counts. While Canada treats selling cannabis seeds as a minor offense punishable (if at all) by modest fines, the U.S. government depicted Emery’s Vancouver-based business as part of a criminal conspiracy that could have sent him to prison for life. And after Emery was busted in 2005, then-DEA Administrator Karen Tandy made it clear that he was targeted for his political activism as much as his seed sales, declaring:

Today’s arrest of Mark [sic]Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine and the founder of a marijuana legalization group, is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement. His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery’s illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.

In light of the huge gap between Canadian and U.S. policy regarding cannabis seeds, and given the evidence that the U.S. government is seeking to punish Emery for his outspoken criticism of marijuana prohibition, there seems to be a persuasive case for preventing his extradition. Canada’s Extradition Act says the justice minister “shall refuse to surrender a person when that surrender could involve unjust or undue or oppressive actions by the country to which he is being extradited.” Nicholson is supposed to make a decision by May 10, but he could ask for an extension.

Emery’s cause has attracted support in Canada’s parliament. “Many dedicated individuals have collected approximately 12,000 petitions reflecting a strong belief that Mr. Emery or any Canadian should not face harsh punishment in the U.S. for selling cannabis seeds on the Internet when it is not worthy of prosecution in Canada,” M.P. Libby Davies, a New Democrat who represents Vancouver East, said last month. Liberal M.P. Ujjal Dosanjh, former attorney general of British Columbia, said “it appears to me that we have assisted a foreign government arresting a man for doing something that we wouldn’t arrest him for doing in Canada.”

More on Emery here.

– Article from Reason Magazine.

Comments

10 Comments

  1. NORML Eric on

    Hey from Phoenix NORML (Phoenix Arizona) Mr. Emery, it is a pleasure to have you on the side of freedom and truth. We will be holding a demonstration and letter writing/phone call campaign leading up to May 10th, this is when we will go to the Canadian Consulate in Phoenix! The general membership is on board with this! We will fight to keep you free!

    Thank you for all you have done for the movement and momentum towards freedom.

    yours truly in reform,

    – NORML Eric
    Phoenix NORML

  2. Arne Hermann on

    Well, with all due respect: there was no “conspiracy” with Health Canada. Canada has had a medical MJ program since 2001 (National BTW unlike in the US where it’s state-by-state) and I don’t think it makes sense for the movement to suggest it as a target of the US DEA (even rhetorically). In this case, the Gov of Canada is an ALLY after all. And I don’t think we really want to jeopardize this (albeit) small progressive step. At this point in my life, I don’t smoke pot though I sure used to (well, maybe a couple of times in the last few years LOL) but IMHO this fundamentally important issue needs to be fought on the basis of abrogation of *freedom* and of *injustice* and we should keep that focus. Further, with respect to Marc’s situation, as many have pointed out there is the important legal point regarding the extradition of someone who has committed an act that is a crime in ANOTHER COUNTRY, but did so *on Canadian soil* where it is NOT a crime (probably – and if it is in fact a crime here, the sentence in the US is completely and extraordinarily out of line with Canadian sentencing) and this should also receive the critical focus of activists (which it is of course :-).

    It’s important that we don’t let the other side shift the focus from the real issue and that we do not react with the “oh yeah but…” type arguments.

    Keep the faith, stand steadfast, and give those ignorant fools out there a passionate yet reasoned and intelligent fight.

    -A

  3. Anonymous on

    Well, that wasn’t long at all

  4. Anonymous on

    …Or how about we do the same for the gun manufacturers,colt,gloc,winston,for all of the homicides and wrongful deaths from hand guns and automatic weapons,or how about Phillip and Morris for the lovely toxins they pollute the public with(#1 Addictive substance),then there’s Dupont for their contribution to the poisoning and raping of the planet.The list goes on for this shit.

  5. Puerto-Rico on

    Erase In God We Trust For The Money If you dont legalize Marihuana. Why the people trust moré in the drugs made by the human and the 100% percent natural of the hand of God Criticize. My religión dont permit trust in human medicine or you want to change   The Bible:   

    Jeremiah 17      5Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 
     
     6For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

     7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

     8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

     9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

     10I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

     11As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

     12A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.

     13O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

     14Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

     15Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the LORD? let it come now.

     16As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.

     17Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil.

     18Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.

     19Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;

     20And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the LORD, ye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates:

     21Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;

     22Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.

     23But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

    You need to read the civil code of religión to legalize.
    .

    Definition

    The concept refers to a “transcendent universal religion of the nation” and resonates well with the functional sociology of Émile Durkheim and Bellah’s mentor, Talcott Parsons. Indeed, it was Parsons who was originally intended to write the Daedalus article (Bellah 1989).

     American civil religion is that it is “an institutionalized collection of sacred beliefs about the American nation,” which he sees symbolically expressed in America’s founding documents and presidential inaugural addresses. It includes a belief in the existence of a transcendent being called “God,” an idea that the American nation is subject to God’s laws, and an assurance that God will guide and protect the United States. Bellah sees these beliefs in the values of liberty, justice, charity, and personal virtue and concretized in, for example, the words In God We Trust on both national emblems and on the currency used in daily economic transactions. Although American civil religion shares much with the religion of Judeo-Christian denominations, Bellah claims that it is distinct from denominational religion. 

    Erase In God We Trust For The Money If you dont legalize Marihuana. Why the people trust moré in the drugs made by the human and the 100% percent natural of the hand of God Criticize. My religión dont permit trust in human medicine or you want to change   The Bible:   

    Jeremiah 17      5Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 
     
     6For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

     7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

     8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

     9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

     10I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

     11As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

     12A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.

     13O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

     14Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

     15Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the LORD? let it come now.

     16As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.

     17Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil.

     18Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.

     19Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;

     20And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the LORD, ye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates:

     21Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;

     22Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.

     23But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

    You need to read the civil code of religión to legalize.
    .

    Definition

    The concept refers to a “transcendent universal religion of the nation” and resonates well with the functional sociology of Émile Durkheim and Bellah’s mentor, Talcott Parsons. Indeed, it was Parsons who was originally intended to write the Daedalus article (Bellah 1989).

     American civil religion is that it is “an institutionalized collection of sacred beliefs about the American nation,” which he sees symbolically expressed in America’s founding documents and presidential inaugural addresses. It includes a belief in the existence of a transcendent being called “God,” an idea that the American nation is subject to God’s laws, and an assurance that God will guide and protect the United States. Bellah sees these beliefs in the values of liberty, justice, charity, and personal virtue and concretized in, for example, the words In God We Trust on both national emblems and on the currency used in daily economic transactions. Although American civil religion shares much with the religion of Judeo-Christian denominations, Bellah claims that it is distinct from denominational religion. 

    Erase In God We Trust For The Money If you dont legalize Marihuana. Why the people trust moré in the drugs made by the human and the 100% percent natural of the hand of God Criticize. My religión dont permit trust in human medicine or you want to change   The Bible:   

    Jeremiah 17      5Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 
     
     6For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

     7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

     8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

     9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

     10I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

     11As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

     12A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.

     13O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

     14Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

     15Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the LORD? let it come now.

     16As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.

     17Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil.

     18Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.

     19Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;

     20And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the LORD, ye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates:

     21Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;

     22Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.

     23But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

    You need to read the civil code of religión to legalize.
    .

    Definition

    The concept refers to a “transcendent universal religion of the nation” and resonates well with the functional sociology of Émile Durkheim and Bellah’s mentor, Talcott Parsons. Indeed, it was Parsons who was originally intended to write the Daedalus article (Bellah 1989).

     American civil religion is that it is “an institutionalized collection of sacred beliefs about the American nation,” which he sees symbolically expressed in America’s founding documents and presidential inaugural addresses. It includes a belief in the existence of a transcendent being called “God,” an idea that the American nation is subject to God’s laws, and an assurance that God will guide and protect the United States. Bellah sees these beliefs in the values of liberty, justice, charity, and personal virtue and concretized in, for example, the words In God We Trust on both national emblems and on the currency used in daily economic transactions. Although American civil religion shares much with the religion of Judeo-Christian denominations, Bellah claims that it is distinct from denominational religion. 

    Erase In God We Trust For The Money If you dont legalize Marihuana. Why the people trust moré in the drugs made by the human and the 100% percent natural of the hand of God Criticize. My religión dont permit trust in human medicine or you want to change   The Bible:   

    Jeremiah 17      5Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 
     
     6For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.

     7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

     8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

     9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

     10I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

     11As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

     12A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.

     13O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

     14Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.

     15Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the LORD? let it come now.

     16As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.

     17Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil.

     18Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.

     19Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;

     20And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the LORD, ye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates:

     21Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;

     22Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.

     23But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

    You need to read the civil code of religión to legalize.
    .

    Definition

    The concept refers to a “transcendent universal religion of the nation” and resonates well with the functional sociology of Émile Durkheim and Bellah’s mentor, Talcott Parsons. Indeed, it was Parsons who was originally intended to write the Daedalus article (Bellah 1989).

     American civil religion is that it is “an institutionalized collection of sacred beliefs about the American nation,” which he sees symbolically expressed in America’s founding documents and presidential inaugural addresses. It includes a belief in the existence of a transcendent being called “God,” an idea that the American nation is subject to God’s laws, and an assurance that God will guide and protect the United States. Bellah sees these beliefs in the values of liberty, justice, charity, and personal virtue and concretized in, for example, the words In God We Trust on both national emblems and on the currency used in daily economic transactions. Although American civil religion shares much with the religion of Judeo-Christian denominations, Bellah claims that it is distinct from denominational religion. 

  6. Johnathan Schneider on

    I would like to begin by saying I praise Marc Emery for doing the opposite of Harry J Anslinger. As well as to all the others who have contributed to Marc Emery’s efforts. http://www.cannabisculture.com should be referred to as the CNN of Cannabis, CNNC. CNNC has taken in convent news and teachings into a convenient fully updated daily for all who understand things rarely are as they appear. There is no grand profit being generated. In result you get a perspective that is not limited to personal gains.

    “Last fall Marc Emery, Canada’s self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot,” reached a plea deal with the U.S. Justice Department, agreeing to serve five years in federal prison for the crime of selling marijuana seeds to Americans via the Internet.”

    My only concern as to if Marc Emery were to be extradited is to the reason that he agreed to a plea deal with U.S. Justice Department. – “to serve five years in federal prison for the crime of selling marijuana seeds to Americans via the Internet”

    Regardless of it is five years of federal prison or a two-hundred and fifty(US currency) fine served by Canada. The Cannabis Culture will continue to be lived throughout Earth and carried.

    Convenient actions are fragile to being taking advantage of. Love is shown when actions are done with good intentions of no intentions of anything in return.

  7. Anonymous on

    I totaly agree with your veiw, and yes, bill the DEA. I have petitioned your government not to extradite Marc. As an American, I am ashamed at my governments actions on this. With the Drug wall crumbling as we speak here inthe US, it just doesnt make sense to extradite Marc. The people are speaking. Time for tyranny to end.

  8. Anonymous on

    Health Canada conspired with Marc Emery to traffic viable Cannabis seeds to Canadians. Nicholson better get on THAT case. Then he better get on the case of Jaffer, the coke head. I’m sure he’ll be eager to deport him to India, or wherever the hell he came from. I hear they simply dropped the charges. Must be nice to be the husband of a Harper lackey. Harper only wants to jail drug users who AREN’T married to a Tory. If you are, your charges just get dropped. Nothing corrupt or unjust about that, huh? Harper, you worthless turd. You are a prime example of everything that’s wrong with politics.

  9. ToxicSludge on

    I’ve said this before,IF Marc in fact does get extradited,they had better extradite all members of govt that accepted his tax money,and who referred people to his seed business.Now we all know the latter won’t happen,but if Marc is sent to the states why would others in govt not be just as guilty? There is a double edged sword here,or is it double standards? Tell the DEA nice try but we ain’t handing him over and let the man get on with his life.Then send a bill to the DEA for wasting your valuable resources.