Canadian pot activist Marc Emery sentenced to five years in US prison

By Stephen C. Webster


Marc Emery, Canada's enigmatic "Prince of Pot" who sold millions of marijuana seeds over the Internet, will face a five year punishment in the United States after a U.S. district judge in Seattle handed down his sentence on Friday.

Emery, founder and publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine, is a longtime and highly vocal Canadian marijuana activist. His wife Jodie maintains that U.S. authorities targeted his operation over other Canadian seed-sellers because of all the funding he's provided to the legal movement to regulate cannabis in the U.S.

Emery's sentence, issued by U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez, includes four years of supervised probation. He was convicted on a single charge of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

U.S. authorities had described him as one of the country's "most wanted drug trafficking targets," according to CNN. The investigation, now concluded with Emery's trial and sentencing, was ongoing for over five years. Though indicted in 2005, Emery was not handed over to U.S. authorities until May 10 of this year. He pleaded guilty 14 days later.

In a press release lauding the government's efforts, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) declared a significant victory in the battle against marijuana legalization efforts.

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Comment by Tara on September 12, 2010 at 1:43am
It's always about politics isn't it? He was fighting for pot legalization and that's when the hammer did fall. What a joke of a system.
Comment by Nikki on September 11, 2010 at 10:09pm
Another political prisoner unjustly incarcerated. Let's hope they transfer him back to Canada.
Comment by Central Scrutinizer on September 11, 2010 at 9:44pm
poor bastard...if all goes well he'll be out in 24-28 months...hopefully
Hang in there Marc!!!

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