Monday, April 18, 2011

Tales from the Incremental R∃VOᒧution

A news item important to Canadian dopers:
In the same week an Ontario court struck down Canada's marijuana law, "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery was told he won't be allowed a prison transfer and must serve his entire sentence in the U.S.

Kirk Tousaw, a Canadian lawyer for Emery, said authorities told his client in a letter received Friday that the U.S. government refused his transfer request due to the "seriousness of the offence" and "law enforcement concerns."

He received the news in a federal holding institution in Oklahoma while awaiting transfer to a prison in Mississippi.

Emery, who had been imprisoned in Georgia, pleaded guilty Sept. 10 in Seattle to selling marijuana seeds to Americans through his Vancouver-based catalogue company and was sentenced the same day to five years in prison.
Okay, that intro's kind of mean: this guy doesn't deserve to be in an American jail for selling seeds, neither does it help that the current Conservative government is pretty happy leaving Canadians jailed abroad to their fates, and extraditing Marc Emery in particular. Those who LLLLLLLove Liberty or (in Canada) the rule of law should be pissed, and that recent court decision just rubs it in. Emery is a guy who has done a whole lot to make Vancouver pot-tolerant, and that is to his credit. Nevertheless I am mean and I think he's a really irritating guy so I find this celeb picture of Emery from a local eatery amusing:

Maybe the congressman'll put in a good word for you, dude.


Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Maybe the congressman'll put in a good word for you, dude.

He must have been high when he decided to support Ron Paul.

Funny how many starry-eyed romantics don't realize that he's just as much of an authoritatian cobag as the rest of them.

Substance McGravitas said...

Yup. Emery's really a sad case, a guy who helped to do some things that I think were really important but in a Clouseau-like fog of incomprehension...which I suppose is unsurprising. Here's hoping that he somehow gets out soon and has learned not to try to sell to our southern neighbours, at least until that magical day when fantasy Obama decriminalizes the evil socialist weed.