CANNABIS CULTURE – Protesters hit the streets of Vancouver yesterday shouting chants, blocking traffic, and lighting joints in protest of the extradition of marijuana activist Marc Emery.
Marc was taken by Canadian authorities to the United States yesterday morning to appear before a sentencing judge in Seattle. Click here for more info about Marc Emery and extradition to the US for selling cannabis seeds and using the money to fund activist groups.
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Supporters rally as Vancouver pot crusader Marc Emery taken to U.S.
By Stephen Thomson, Georgia Straight
Vancouver’s so-called Prince of Pot is off to the United States to face a potential five-year prison term for allegedly using an on-line business to sell marijuana seeds to customers across the border.
Marc Emery, who was expected to arrive in Washington State today (May 20), will plead guilty as part of a deal reached with U.S. authorities, said his wife, Jodie Emery. He could be sentenced in the next two to three months, she added.
The hope is that he will then be sent to a low-security federal prison in California and seek a transfer back to Canada, she said.
Marc Emery was arrested in 2005 as part of an effort that united U.S. and Canadian law enforcement agencies. He turned himself in to authorities last week in Vancouver as his period of release on bail had expired.
Meanwhile, supporters marched through the streets of downtown Vancouver today to protest the high-profile pot activist’s extradition, which Canada’s federal justice minister Robert Nicholson approved last week. On Saturday, a worldwide rally is planned to call for his release.
“We’re not going to stop until Marc gets home and until we get rid of this Conservative government and until we end prohibition,” Jodie Emery told the Straight today.
– Article from The Georgia Straight
Pot activist Marc Emery on his way to U.S. jail
by The Toronto Star
Canada’s so-called “Prince of Pot” is on his way to the United States to serve a five-year prison sentence for shipping marijuana seeds to Americans.
Marc Emery, 52, pleaded guilty to one charge of drug distribution last year after dropping his fight for extradition to the U.S.
His wife, Jodie Emery, said her husband was being driven from a Metro Vancouver jail to the Washington state border on Thursday morning so he can be handed over to U.S. authorities.
“They will … drive him down to Seattle to Federal Court where he will make his initial appearance so that they can show that they’ve got him,” she said.
On Wednesday, Emery’s supporters staged a protest in front of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s constituency office in Calgary.
Earlier this month, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced his decision to extradite Emery to the U.S., where he is facing a five-year prison term.
Jodie Emery said her husband will be held in a detention centre south of Seattle for about a week before appearing in front of a judge to plead guilty and begin his plea-bargained sentence.
Emery said she had no warning of the extradition and will hold a rally of supporters in front of her husband’s Cannabis Culture store in downtown Vancouver.
She called on other marijuana activists to shut down Hastings Street, the busy commuter link directly in front of the business.
– Article from The Toronto Star
‘Prince of Pot’ Emery to plead guilty
by The Associated Press
After a yearslong battle to avoid extradition, Canada’s so-called Prince of Pot was brought Thursday to Seattle, where he is expected to plead guilty to a charge that he sold millions of marijuana seeds to U.S. customers.
Canada’s justice minister signed off on Marc Emery’s extradition to the United States on May 10. Emery was scheduled to make an initial appearance Thursday afternoon before pleading guilty on Monday.
Emery, 51, of Vancouver, British Columbia, claimed to have made $3 million a year before his arrest in 2005, when a grand jury in Seattle indicted him on marijuana conspiracy charges.
His attorney, Richard Troberman, said Emery will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana in exchange for an agreed sentence of five years in prison.
To drug officials, Emery was a pariah whose pot seeds were used in illegal marijuana grows across the United States.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said his seeds have been traced to grow operations in Indiana, Florida, California, Tennessee, Montana, Virginia, Michigan, New Jersey and North Dakota.
But his supporters view him as a crusader for the use and sale of the drug for both its recreational and medicinal value. They accused the U.S. of launching a politically motivated prosecution and said they were stunned when Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson agreed to extradite Emery.
Emery’s wife, Jodie Emery, accused Nicholson of wanting to “silence the most vocal opponent of the drug war.”
She said she would hold a rally with marijuana supporters in front of her husband’s Cannabis Culture store in downtown Vancouver.
She called on other marijuana activists to shut down Hastings Street, a busy commuter link in the western Canadian city.
– Article from The Associated Press
Canada ‘marijuana seed dealer’ extradited to US
by BBC News
Canada’s so-called “Prince of Pot” has been brought to the US where he is expected to plead guilty to selling marijuana seeds to US customers.
Marc Emery allegedly sold millions of marijuana seeds around the world by post.
He was ordered extradited by Canada’s Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson on 10 May.
Mr Emery arrived in Seattle, Washington state, on Thursday and is expected to plead guilty on Monday.
Richard Troberman, Mr Emery’s attorney, told the Associated Press news agency that his client would plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana in exchange for an agreed sentence of five years in prison.
Mr Emery, a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, said he had made $3m (£2.4m) a year before his arrest in 2005.
His seeds were allegedly traced to illegal cannabis-growing operations in Indiana, Florida, Tennessee, Montana, Virginia, Michigan, New Jersey and North Dakota, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
Supporters of Mr Emery claim that Canada’s Conservative government, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is instigating a “culture war” by not intervening in his extradition.
Mr Emery’s wife, Jodie Emery, called on other marijuana activists to shut down Hastings Street, a busy corridor in Vancouver, in protest at his extradition.
“My husband committed a crime punishable by only a $200 fine in Canada, yet this Conservative government is sending him to serve up to 25 years in US jail,” Mrs Emery said in a press release on Thursday morning.
She added: “I promise you, Stephen Harper, we will hound you until you are nothing but an unpleasant memory.”
– Article from The BBC.
‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery extradited to U.S.
by The Canadian Press/CTV
Canada’s so-called “Prince of Pot” has been extradited to the United States to serve a five-year prison sentence for shipping millions of marijuana seeds to Americans.
Marc Emery, 52, plans to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.
Emery was driven from a Metro Vancouver jail to the Washington state border Thursday, where he was handed over to U.S. authorities.
He appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle and agreed to remain in custody until a plea hearing Monday.
Emery was arrested in the U.S. in 2005 and a Seattle grand jury indicted him on marijuana conspiracy and money laundering charges. Before his arrest, Emery claimed to have made $3 million a year with his mail-order marijuana business.
Richard Troberman, Emery’s attorney, said his client will plead guilty to the conspiracy count in exchange for the five-year sentence.
Earlier this month, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced his decision to send Emery to the U.S., ending a years-long extradition battle.
Emery’s wife, Jodie, and about 60 supporters staged a rally in front of her husband’s Cannabis Culture store in Vancouver Thursday. They waved marijuana-leaf flags and shouted “Free Marc Emery.”
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday that Emery had been given every benefit under Canadian law.
“I believe this case has been challenged and upheld by the courts,” Kenney told reporters in Calgary.
“We’re not the Wild West where somebody can just avoid facing criminal sanctions in another country where they have been convicted. Just because somebody is high profile and a bit of a celebrity doesn’t mean that they are exempt from the criminal sanctions for acts that they committed.”
Kirk Tousaw, Emery’s Canadian lawyer, said he plans to ask U.S. authorities to let his client serve his sentence in a Canadian jail under treaty agreements.
“It’s a dark day for Canada,” he said. “Now the fight begins to bring him home.”
Two of Emery’s Cannabis Culture employees pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle last year to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and were sentenced to probation.
– Article from The Canadian Press/CTV.
Emery backers rally, vow war on Tories
by The Metro
More than 100 people shut down traffic at Cambie and Hastings streets on Thursday for an ad hoc rally protesting the extradition of Marc Emery, hours after the outspoken pot activist was sent to the United States.
Jodie Emery, Marc’s wife, planted herself in the middle of the intersection, waving a Canadian flag with a marijuana leaf on it and shouting her outrage at her husband’s extradition.
“My husband committed a crime punishable by only a $200 fine in Canada, yet this Conservative government is sending him to … (a) U.S. jail,” she said.
Jacob Hunter, one of the organizers, said it was clear from the turnout that Vancouverites support Marc’s cause.
“If you can do this in three hours, just think what we can do during an election,” he said.
“The Conservative government wanted a culture war. Well, they have it. We will be at their offices, their campaign stops, their speeches, fundraisers and every public event. We will hound them until this government is defeated.”
Hunter, Jodie and around 20 other activists protested at Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Calgary office on Wednesday.
Marc, 52, was arrested in 2005 and charged with selling marijuana seeds online to U.S. customers.
He pleaded guilty to one charge of drug distribution in exchange for a five-year sentence.
– Article from The Metro.