The fight to have the U.S.-imprisoned Marc Emery, aka the Prince of Pot, transferred to Canada for the remainder of his prison sentence was taken to Parliament Hill Tuesday where members of parliament joined his wife, Jodie Emery, in a public call for his return.
NDP deputy leader Libby Davies, Liberal public safety critic Wayne Easter and Green MP Elizabeth May all spoke out at the morning press conference, held to encourage federal safety minister Steven Blaney to sign the required paperwork for Emery’s transfer home.
While Jodie described the conference as a success in that it garnered a considerable amount of attention, she was dismayed with the response to the event reportedly offered by the minister’s office.
“Unfortunately, it seems Minister Blaney’s office commented on this press conference by saying they are disappointed that the opposition wants to continue to promote the drug trade,” she said from Ottawa. “Of course, this is not what it is about. This is about Canadian citizenship. I don’t know if that kind of hints towards either a rejection or just being ignored, but it doesn’t sound like they are interested in taking action to help.”
A Province request for an official comment from the minister’s office on the matter was not returned.
– Read the entire article at The Province.
Pro-pot advocate Marc Emery seeks prison transfer
OTTAWA – The wife of jailed prince of pot Marc Emery is appealing to the federal government to let him serve out his U.S. drug sentence in Canada.
Emery has roughly seven months left in the medium security Mississippi jail where he’s serving a five-year sentence for selling pot seeds by mail south of the border.
On Tuesday, Jodie Emery, flanked by three opposition MPs, urged new Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney approve Emery’s transfer request.
American authorities signed off on the transfer in July. Emery’s been jailed in the U.S. since 2010.
Jodie Emery pointed to the non-violent nature of her husband’s crime, his Canadian citizenship, and a political and public campaign in support of the marijuana advocate as reasons for Blaney to OK his move.
A statement from Blaney’s office indicates she shouldn’t hold her breath.
“Individuals who have been convicted of serious crimes should face the full force of the law. And unlike the opposition parties whose primary focus is the drug trade, our government will continue putting the rights of victims first,” said Blaney’s spokesman, Jean-Christophe de le Rue in an emailed statement.
– Read the entire article at Toronto Sun.
MPs call on Ottawa to transfer Emery
Jodie Emery and several opposition MPs are holding a news conference in Ottawa this morning, calling on the Conservative government to allow her marijuana-activist husband Marc serve out his prison sentence in Canada. Vancouver East New Democrat MP Libby Davies, Liberal public safety critic Wayne Easter and Green party leader Elizabeth May are calling on Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney to approve the transfer of Vancouver’s “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery from federal prison in the U.S., where he has been in jail since 2010 for selling millions of dollars of marijuana seeds.
– Read the entire article at The Vancouver Sun.
Get Marc Emery home from U.S. prison, say 3 MPs
Three members of Parliament are backing B.C. marijuana advocate Marc Emery’s bid to return to Canada from a U.S. prison.
Nicknamed the Prince of Pot, Emery was extradited to the U.S. and sentenced to five years in 2010 for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana after his Vancouver-based seed mail order business was busted in a joint operation involving U.S. and Canadian law enforcement agencies in 2005.
NDP Deputy Leader Libby Davies, Liberal public safety critic Wayne Easter and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May have joined Emery’s wife, Jodie, on Parliament Hill to call on the Conservative government to approve Emery’s request to serve the remainder of his sentence in Canada.
– Read the entire article at CBC News.