Pro-pot Protesters Call for Cannabis Crusader’s Return

MISSISSAUGA — If you were in Port Credit yesterday afternoon, you may have noticed a dozen or so protesters marching briskly along Lakeshore Rd.

Armed with flags and signs calling for the decriminalization of marijuana, the group predominately chanted “Free Marc Emery!” as they made their way east from Port Credit Memorial Park to the offices of Mississauga South MP Stella Ambler.

Drawing attention from honking vehicles, confused passersby and, at last count, four police cruisers, the group set up shop in front of Ambler’s office at the corner of Brant Ave. and Lakeshore Rd. to make some more pro-pot noise and deliver a letter requesting that Emery, a Vancouver cannabis advocate who has been incarcerated in the U.S. since 2010 for selling marijuana seeds to the U.S. through the mail, be brought back to Canada to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Emery was initially arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the Vancouver Police in 2005, before his extradition to the U.S. in May 2010.

“The government in the (USA) has agreed to release (Emery), but our government has not stated a position or has not acted towards bringing him back home,” said Eric Guerbilsky, president of the Mississauga South NDP Riding Association, referring to decision made in July by the U.S. Department of Justice to transfer Emery back to Canada.

“We need to take care of our own citizens based on our own values and morals and to bring (Emery) back would represent that,” he said.

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