by Martijn on 09/07/2014 | Uncategorized

Marc Emery released from U.S. prison

On July 9th, 2014, Marc Emery, a Canadian politician, cannabis activist, publisher and distributor of cannabis seeds, was released from the federal correctional institution in Yazoo City, in the U.S. state of Mississippi. Emery was sentenced to five years of imprisonment in the U.S. for the online selling of cannabis seeds to American citizens.


On July 9th, 2014, Marc Emery, a Canadian politician, cannabis activist, publisher and distributor of cannabis seeds, was released from the federal correctional institution in Yazoo City, in the U.S. state of Mississippi. Emery was sentenced to five years of imprisonment in the U.S. for the online selling of cannabis seeds to American citizens.

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Marc and Jodie Emery

Before the extradition to the U.S., Marc was known as the publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine and as the founder of Pot TV. He is also one of the initiators of the Freedom Party of Ontario, the Marijuana Party of Canada and the BC Marijuana Party. In 1996, 2002 and 2008 he participated in the elections for mayor of the city of Vancouver.

Extradited for selling seeds

In 1994, Emery visited the High Times Cannabis Cup, where he was inspired to start his own seed company, partly because of an acquaintance with Sensi Seeds. Shortly after his return to Canada, he founded Hemp BC and with the profits he supported action groups, lobbyists, lawsuits and the development of legislative proposals. A year later, Hemp BC was on the cover of the Wall Street Journal, which led to a lot of media attention. This caused a series of raids and lawsuits, but never leaded to a serious conviction.

Until July 2005 however, when his company was closed on request of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The DEA believed that Emery was a drug dealer who traded on U.S. territory and encouraged people to cultivate and use cannabis. The DEA wanted him extradited to the U.S., and they managed to succeed. In 2009 he was arrested and in 2010 he was extradited to the U.S. where he was sentenced to five years in prison. Because of good behavior, he has now been released after a little over four years of imprisonment.

Free but not home yet

Despite his release, it could take weeks before Emery will set foot on Canadian soil again. He will first be transferred to an immigration facility in Louisiana where a temporary passport will be issued. Subsequently, U.S. officials will provide him a ticket to fly to Detroit / Windsor from where he will fly to Vancouver. Emery suspects that he will be back in mid-August.

More publicity

Marc Emery was already a well-known cannabis activist before he was extradited to the U.S., but the publicity his case has brought has made him even more famous. This is probably something the U.S. federal court system did not sufficiently realize; they have created a large platform for Emery’s motives, namely a fair and free cannabis policy. There has been and continues to be a huge amount of publicity for this case, with a key role for Marc’s blog and all the efforts of his wife Jodie.

In January this year Marc Emery announced that he will be touring Canada in 2015, to fight against the conservative government, ahead of the federal election in October that year. Sensi Seeds is delighted that he will continue his political career and the company will continue to follow him with interest.

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anon

god damn, they should’ve given him a harsher sentence!

10/07/2014

Sean

Based on what? I thought his arrest was a waste of taxpayers money.

16/02/2016

Dave Mapes

Good to see you're out Mark! If you want any support in your next journey, feel free to give a holler!

11/07/2014

joe falco

WTHF>?

23/07/2014

jeff santos

Hey Anon.....spend a week in prison and you wouldn't wish it on anyone. Mark Emery did nothing wrong. The only reason Marijuana is illegal is because hemp products were a direct threat to the oil industry in the early 1900's. So over a million people have had their freedoms taken away because of corporate greed. Pretty sad.

11/05/2015

eddie adams

Marc Emery, you sir are a hero to many and a criminal to many as well. I have a serious question for you though today's date is 7-2-2016 and i believe canada does not allow entry if you've been convicted of a drug felony. I myself have been convicted of felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in fl on aug in 2005.i spent 3 years in prison for this and an aggravated battery charge. I have always wanted to travel to and possibly move to british columbia but i believe i would be denied entry to Canada at the checkpoints on the road into this beautiful country.So my question is a simple one how sir were you allowed entry? Also to me and many others you are a hero not a criminal thank you for fighting our governments so that patients can be allowed our organic medicine without being persecuted.....thank you so much and any advice would be much appreciated mr.emery, resect, eddie joe adams.

02/07/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Hello Eddie, thank you for your comment.

Unfortunately it is not possible to contact Marc Emery directly through this blog, but I believe he is on facebook. I hope this is helpful.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

04/07/2016

Bruce

Fuck the DEA up the ass with a big rubber dildo.

27/03/2017

FRED

Rubber? Why be so nice? They deserve far worse.

16/11/2017

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