‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery Ordered Extradited to the U.S. to Serve Five-Year Prison Sentence

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director May 12, 2010

    [Editor’s note: This post is excerpted from this week’s forthcoming NORML weekly media advisory. To have NORML’s media advisories delivered straight to your in-box, sign up for NORML’s free e-zine here.]

    Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has reportedly signed off on an order extraditing longtime Canadian marijuana activist and publisher Marc Emery to the United States, according to the Associated Press.

    Emery’s attorney stated that he will be transferred to the US imminently.

    United States law enforcement officials indicted Emery in August of 2005 for selling marijuana seeds to US customers.

    Under a plea agreement, Emery faces up to five years in US prison. Under Canadian law, he would face no more than one month in jail (and probation), if convicted.

    In a letter from MP (member of Parliament) Libby Davies sent this week to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, she criticized, “Your government took a rare and unnecessary step today, by extraditing a Canadian citizen to serve a prison sentence in America for actions that are not worthy of prosecution under Canadian laws.”

    Marc Emery has long maintained that his prosecution was politically motivated. Upon issuing his indictment in 2005, former US DEA administrator Karen Tandy asserted that Emery’s arrest struck “a significant blow to the marijuana legalization movement. … Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.”

    For nearly two decades, Emery operated a highly visible seed bank in Vancouver. Emery declared hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes to the Canadian government, and officials at Health Canada – which oversees the nation’s legal medicinal cannabis program – frequently advised patients to purchase his seeds. Virtually all profits from Emery’s business ventures were distributed among various national and international drug law reform organizations.

    Cannabis Culture has posted additional information on this development, as well as the essay: ‘75 Things You Can Do to Free Marc,’ online here.

    70 responses to “‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery Ordered Extradited to the U.S. to Serve Five-Year Prison Sentence”

    1. Ted says:

      Disgusted after reading this. Friendly, well-intentioned, alruistic Canadian citizen betrayed by his own government. 5 years on a nonviolent crime in a country not his own. Way to fail your citizens, Canada. Show some pride in yourself as a sovereign nation & quit licking America’s hand.

    2. Rational Voice says:

      Wow — Way to abandon your citizens, Canada!

      This is tragic. A complete waste of a healthy, productive member of society for up to five years. Thanks, Uncle Sam! [Go F-yourself!]

      FREE MARC!

    3. wash-voter says:

      This is like banning children to stop child pornography. Brilliant USA.

    4. Nick D says:

      The part stated in bold is what I Immediately thought of, and am monumentally confused by. He did actions as a Canadian citizen that were not actionable by HIS countries laws…so the USA somehow extradites a NON US CITIZEN WHO HAS NOT COMMITTED CRIME ON US SOIL to serve time in an American jail? How is this even remotely legal. Does this mean we can literally just pick a random crime in the USA, and then hunt down someone in another country fitting that description to arrest them and have them brought back to the US like a caged trophy animal?

    5. Motley says:

      Irony: arrest Marc Emery for putting millions into legalization efforts, piss off George Soros, who has a lot more money to throw into the game on Emery’s behalf.


    6. Brian says:

      Unbelievable. Vote with your head in 2010 and 2012.

    7. Jesse Jose Echavarria says:

      What??? The United State of American seems to run on its own type of agenda. Maybe the government should take a step back a look into what a life in the average citizen is like. Check the RGV there is plenty of truth to the troubles caused by prohibition. This case with Marc Emery is just going to in-power the moment to another level.

    8. Jed The head says:

      Johnny Hemp seed goes to jail in America the land of the free. Our government does this on our behalf. Time for new government.

    9. maxwood says:

      Tragedy, that they keep posting that picture of Marc “casually” sucking on a hot-burning overdose 500-mg. “marijuana $igarette” alias joint instead of demonstrating an advanced, health-safety-related appliance such as a vaporizer or long drawtube one-hitter. The joint burns hot, destroys THC, delivers heat-shock, carbon monoxide and other combustion toxins which produce “dopiness” symptoms ignorantly blamed on cannabis by prohibitors. (Note: my use of the term “overdose” does not apply to the THC but rather to the CO.)

      Wish him luck anyway. But I think this equipment reform issue must now be promoted forcefully to win the respect of conservatives (after all a one-hitter will save you a ton of money).