Marc Emery: Political Prisoner

Marc and Jodie Emery speaking to supporters and journalists about Marc's expected 5-year prison term in the United States (Photo from CTV)Marc and Jodie Emery speaking to supporters and journalists about Marc’s expected 5-year prison term in the United States (Photo from CTV)CANNABIS CULTURE – Marijuana activist and Cannabis Culture Publisher Marc Emery surrendered to Canadian authorities Monday, September 28th and was escorted to jail to await a transfer to the United States where he is expected to serve a 5-year prison sentence for selling marijuana seeds.

The ‘Prince of Pot’ held a press conference in front of the British Columbia courthouse where he spoke to supporters and journalists. After an emotional speech from Emery and his wife Jodie, Marc hugged many of his friends and made his way into the courtroom.

Watch video of the full press conference.

Mainstream Media correspondents were on-scene and began reporting on the event shortly after Marc was ‘committed’ by the judge and taken from the courtroom.

Read media reports about Marc’s case below, or go to this MedPot.net Forums thread with almost all media coverage of Marc’s incarceration.

Read more about the DEA’s political persecution of Marc Emery and find out how to help Marc come home.

Please call the Canadian Minister of Justice, Rob Nicholson, and (politely) tell him that you and thousands of other Canadian voters are opposed to Marc Emery’s extradition to the USA: 613-992-4621.

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Marc Emery in jail awaiting extradition to U.S.

by Ian Mulgrew, The Vancouver Sun

Canada’s self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot” was escorted out of B.C. Supreme Court and into jail Monday to await extradition to the U.S., where he is to serve up to five years in prison for shipping marijuana seeds across the border.

Marc Emery, 51, was indicted in 2005 along with two associates on drug and money-laundering charges stemming from a lucrative mail-order pot-seed business run out of Emery’s Vancouver book and paraphernalia shop, which also doubled as B.C.’s Marijuana Party headquarters.

Two charges Emery faced — conspiracy to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to engage in money laundering — were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea on the charge of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

He has agreed to a five-year imprisonment plea bargain in connection with his $3-million a year marijuana seed catalogue business, where most of his customers were American.

Canadian authorities drew criticism for helping the U.S. nab Emery because he openly participated in an operation that drew little heat in Canada.

Emery was convicted in Canada of selling pot seeds in 1998 and given a $2,000 fine.

Emery’s two associates, Michelle Rainey, 38, and Gregory Williams, 54, were recently sentenced in the U.S. to two years probation for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana as a result of a plea deal.

As Emery left the tiny courtroom, his wife Jody wept in the public gallery while a crowd of the cannabis crusader’s followers chanted: “Free Marc Emery!”

As he was led away, he yelled: “I love you Jody Emery. Plant the seeds of freedom; overgrow the government!”

Emery will be held for 30 days to give him time to appeal and then, once the federal justice minister has signed the removal order, Emery will be handed over to the U.S.

Now dubbed the country’s first “marijuana martyr,” Emery recently wrapped up a 30-city “farewell tour” across Canada.

He is also hoping a transfer agreement allowing Canadians convicted and jailed in the U.S. to serve their time back home will play in his favour.

“The same seeds I sold are being sold right in America . . . There’s a terrible hypocrisy at work here,” said Emery. “There isn’t a single victim in my case, no one who can stand up and say, ‘I was hurt by Marc Emery.’ No one.”

– Article from The Vancouver Sun.


Marijuana Activist Emery Awaits Extradition

by CBC News

Marc Emery, Canada’s self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot,” was taken into custody in a Vancouver courtroom Monday morning to await extradition to the United States.

Before entering the B.C. Supreme Court, Emery spoke to a crowd of reporters and supporters outside, telling them he still believes Canada’s drug laws prohibiting the use of marijuana are unjust and blamed the laws and the politicians who support them for creating the large criminal organizations that control the illegal trade in marijuana.

“There is no crime here. The politicians who support this extradition are supporters of organized crime. We are making criminals with laws like this,” said Emery.

After his surrender, Emery was expected to be sent to North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam, east of Vancouver, to await extradition to the U.S., a process the judged suggested will likely take a month to complete.

Once extradited, Emery, 51, is expected to plead guilty in a Seattle court to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. The leader of B.C.’s Marijuana Party, who runs a magazine called Cannabis Culture, faces a five-year prison term as part of a plea deal.

Emery was arrested in 2005 — following an investigation by Canadian and U.S. police — for allegedly selling marijuana seeds over the internet from Vancouver to residents of the U.S.

He said accepting jail time allowed his two co-accused — Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams — to each be given two years’ probation. Had he gambled on a trial, he could have faced up to 50 years behind bars, he said.
Ready for jail term

Emery said his biggest concern about serving time in a U.S. prison is the boredom he will face.

“Boredom is the primary problem in jail, so I’m hoping to keep busy with books and writing, and learning languages — French and Spanish,” he told CBC News.

His wife, Jodie Emery, is trying not to think about what awaits her husband.

“It’ll be very lonely, but that’ll just encourage me to get him back in my arms as soon as possible,” she told CBC News. Her plan is to lobby the federal government for Emery’s swift transfer to a Canadian prison.

Emery has said his business made millions of dollars over the years selling marijuana seeds by mail order and running a hemp product store in downtown Vancouver. He said he used the money to run his many political campaigns and to support marijuana advocacy groups around the world.

– Article from CBC News.

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Vancouver’s ‘Prince of Pot’ surrenders for U.S. extradition

by Canwest News Service

Canada’s “Prince of Pot,” Marc Emery, surrendered to authorities Monday and await extradition to the U.S. where he is expected to serve up to five years in prison for shipping marijuana seeds across the border.

Emery, 51 was indicted in 2005 along with two associates on drug and money-laundering charges stemming from a lucrative mail-order pot-seed business run out of Emery’s Vancouver book and paraphernalia shop, which also doubled as B.C.’s Marijuana Party headquarters.

Two charges Emery faced — conspiracy to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to engage in money laundering — were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea on the charge of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

Canadian authorities drew criticism for helping the U.S. nab Emery because he openly participated in an operation that drew little heat in Canada.

Emery is expected to surrender to authorities before the B.C. Supreme Court, beginning a process that is expected to take him into a U.S. prison to serve time for a crime that would have netted him a fraction of the punishment in Canada.

Emery was convicted in Canada of selling pot seeds in 1998 and given a $2,000 fine.

Emery’s two associates, Michelle Rainey, 38, and Gregory Williams, 54, were recently sentenced in the U.S. to two years probation for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana as a result of a plea deal.

Emery, now dubbed the country’s first “marijuana martyr,” recently wrapped up a 30-city “farewell tour” across Canada.

He is also hoping a transfer agreement allowing Canadians convicted and jailed in the U.S. to serve their time back home will play in his favour.

“The same seeds I sold are being sold right in America . . . There’s a terrible hypocrisy at work here,” said Emery. “There isn’t a single victim in my case, no one who can stand up and say, ‘I was hurt by Marc Emery.’ No one.”

– Article from Global.

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‘Prince of Pot’ defiant on day of extradition hearing

by Andrew Weichel, ctvbc.ca

On Monday morning, marijuana activist Marc Emery held what could be his last news conference in B.C. for several years.

Emery is facing extradition to the United States — and a jail term of up to five years — for selling pot seeds to customers south of the border.

The self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot” arrived at the B.C. Supreme Court for his extradition hearing shortly after 9 a.m. Standing unrepentant before a crowd of supporters, Emery delivered an address of defiance and civil disobedience.

“I’m proud of everything I’ve done. I don’t feel bad about anything,” Emery said.

“I won’t be apologizing to any judge. I won’t be making account for my work. I only regret that I wasn’t able to do more.”

Emery described his treatment as “Draconian” before accusing the provincial and federal government of supporting organized crime by refusing to legalize marijuana.

“It won’t hurt you. It won’t kill you. It won’t do what so many legal things will do like tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs, sugar, salt — basic commodities that kill people every day in this country that are perfectly legal,” the rabble-rousing activist said.

After his speech, Emery headed inside to surrender to authorities.

Emery’s wife Jodie expressed her grief in an interview with ctvbc.ca Monday morning.

“I’m absolutely devastated and distraught that my husband is being taken away from me,” she said.

“It’s a betrayal of our sovereignty and citizenship.”

Emery said she is still hopeful that public outcry can halt her husband’s extradition.

“The Conservative government is outsourcing our justice system,” she said. “If there’s enough public pressure, perhaps Marc could still be sentenced here instead.”

The “Prince of Pot” says he hopes to be back on the streets of B.C. a year from now if he’s allowed to serve his time in a Canadian prison.

– Article from CTV News.


Canada’s ‘Prince of Pot’ taken into custody

by Jeremy Hainsworth, The Associated Press

Canada’s so-called Prince of Pot is now in jail awaiting extradition to the United States for selling marijuana seeds.

Marc Emery has sold millions of marijuana seeds around the world by mail over the past decade. In doing so, he has drawn the attention of U.S. drug officials, who want him extradited to Seattle.

Emery has agreed to plead guilty in Seattle to one count of marijuana distribution in exchange for dismissal of all other counts, and the U.S. District Attorney is pressing for a sentence of five to eight years in a U.S. prison.

Emery will plead guilty in a Seattle court at a later date. Emery will be extradited after Canada’s justice minister signs a surrender order.

– Article from San Fransisco Examiner.


Canada’s “Prince of Pot” starts extradition to U.S

by Reuters

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) – Canada’s self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot” gave himself up for extradition to the United States on Monday where he is expected to be jailed for up to five years for selling marijuana seeds to U.S. buyers.

Marc Emery, 51, was arrested in 2005 at the request of U.S. officials on allegations of selling millions of dollars in seeds, mostly by mail-order, from the business he operated openly in Canada for years.

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency statement in 2005 hailed Emery’s arrest as blow to the “marijuana legalization movement” and cited his financial support of pro-pot groups in Canada and the United States.

Emery, the founder of the British Columbia Marijuana Party and the self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot,” was convicted in Canada in 1998 for selling pot seeds and given a C$2,000 ($1,835) fine.

He initially fought his extradition to the United States but later, faced with a possible life sentence, decided to plead guilty to lesser charges. He recently finished a 30-city “farewell tour” across Canada.

– Article from Reuters.

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