Friday, July 29, 2005

Extraditing Emery

Marc Emery, the renowned pot provocateur, was arrested in Halifax earlier today. Rumours are circulating (courtesy of the CBC) that Emery was arrested on orders from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, and that he will be facing extradition for selling pot seeds from Canada.

Emery is the publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine, runs Pot-TV, and is the proprietor of He is currently scheduled to attend and speak at the Liberty Summer Seminar, but it looks like, once more, prison will keep him from talking about liberty.

Last year, after the Seminar, Marni Soupcoff (who spoke last year, and will be at the Seminar again this year) convinced her National Post colleagues to sport the Free Marc t-shirts you see in the photo. That's Paul Russell, Adam Radwanski, John Geiger, and Marni Soupcoff from left to right.

For a Western Standard story on Emery, read Desperate beef producers look to drugs for relief (PDF)

This story is developing... (if you've got any ideas on what to do about this, send me an email, or post a comment).


Blogger Mister Fedward Hyde said...

What an ignoble waste of resources is this "war on pot" :: rolleyes ::

11:38 p.m.  
Blogger Matt said...

Those little rubber wrist bands seem to be all the rage (and cheap I would imagine). Has any cause claimed green?

12:58 a.m.  
Blogger Michael Cust said...

You're a genius.

2:08 a.m.  
Blogger BBS said...

A couple of ideas.

5:51 a.m.  
Blogger mostlyfree said...

I'm up for those rubber wrist bands if we claim a colour. I can wear that every day without doing laundry. I bet I could even sell them on campus.

Is Bureaucrash still selling those shirts?

4:00 p.m.  
Blogger P. M. Jaworski said...

Those are great ideas, bbs, we'll follow up.

Janet: Since you're coming to the Liberty Summer Seminar, you'll get a chance to buy one of the shirts there. I have about twenty left, and a friend has about a hundred. So, yeah, Bureaucrash is still selling them, and we will be as well. So hang tight, and get yourself a shirt or ten at the Seminar... :)

5:29 p.m.  
Anonymous you know who this is said...

Emery sold seeds into the U.S. thereby availing himself to U.S. jurisdiction via the federal Commerce Clause, which, we all know, is immensely powerful. By purposefully putting his business in the U.S. stream of commerce, he opened himself up to stricter U.S. laws. He knew the fire was hotter over in the U.S., and he got burnt. C'est la vie. The real arguments aren't whether the U.S. has a "right" to go after Marc, they're a) whether the penalties in the U.S. are too harsh for the crime (proportionality), given that Canadian public opinion is much more relaxed about pot; and b) whether pot is a violence/ danger inducing drug (if not, all the drug laws in all the countries should f-ck off, not just the U.S.). Prove the latter two points and you successfully block Emery's extradition and debunk the moral underpinning of those laws.

9:03 a.m.  

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