Marc Emery has been transferred from the West Coast to a prison in Georgia.
Vancouver’s “Prince of Pot” was shipped last week to the D. Ray James Correctional Facility in Folkston, Ga., a low-security federal prison which holds mostly non-U.S. citizens.
The 2,900-capacity jail is privately owned by the GEO group, which operates it for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
In a Nov. 17 letter to his wife Jodie Emery posted on his prison blog, the longtime marijuana activist said he was supposed to be sent to a federal institution in California “but the [Bureau of Prisons] has changed it to send me as far away from you as possible.”
Emery described the trek from his Nevada detention centre to Georgia, with stops in Arizona and Oklahoma City while chained up, often to another prisoner, as “gruelling.”
“Still, I really would like to get there so I can receive mail, my magazine subscription, do my transfer application back into the Canadian correctional system, and most of all, get visits from you every other weekend,” he told Jodie, who will likely have to travel to Seattle, then fly to Jacksonville, Fla., then drive north to Georgia to see her husband.
Emery is serving a five-year U.S. prison term for mailing marijuana seeds south of the border.
Jodie Emery was recently in California to campaign for Proposition 19, which, if passed, would legalize marijuana in the Golden State.
It failed in a close vote with 46 per cent in favour compared to 54 per cent who voted against it.
– Article from The Province.
Prince of Pot transferred to Georgia prison
by KELLY SINOSKI, VANCOUVER SUN
Vancouver’s ‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery has been transferred to a low-security federal prison in Georgia for non-U. S. “deportable aliens.”
Emery, who had expected to be transferred to a California facility, is now at the D. Ray James Correctional Facility in Folkston, Ga.
The facility, which had been a state prison known for violent incidents among inmates, was changed in October to an Immigration and Naturalization Services low-security federal prison for “deportable aliens,” according to a blog entry by Emery.
In the entry, addressed to his wife Jodie on the Cannabis Culture web-site, Emery said the move was made to “send me as far away from you as possible.”
Jodie said Sunday that Emery is “trying to keep his spirits up” as he continues to apply for a transfer to serve his time in Canada.
Emery, 52, was sentenced by a U.S. judge to five years in prison for selling marijuana seeds to U.S. customers through his business, Marc Emery Direct.
Emery has been a political activist for three decades.
Norman Grant Smith, a marijuana activist, is urging Emery’s supporters to write to the federal public safety minister to petition for his immediate transfer to Canada.
– Article from The Vancouver Sun.
Prince of Pot transferred to a prison in Georgia
by News 1130
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Marc Emery, also known as The Prince of Pot, has been moved to the D. Ray James Correctional Facility in Folkston. The Vancouver Sun has learned it’s a prison for non-US “deportable aliens.”
He had been serving his time in Washington State after being convicted of selling marijuana seeds over the internet to American customers. He was sentenced to five years.
Emery’s wife Jodie was hoping he would be sent to California. She plans to visit him twice a month.
– Article from News 1130.