Written by Danny Danko for High Times.
Marc Emery, the Canadian marijuana legalization activist whose extradition to the United States for selling pot seeds outraged many in the cannabis community, was returned to Canada 2 years ago today after serving more than four years of a five-year prison sentence.
The case made international headlines and called into question Canadian sovereignty due to the fact that Emery’s “crimes” weren’t committed in the US and weren’t punishable by jail in Canada. The DEA even admitted that the takedown was politically motivated in a statement released on July 29, 2005 after Emery was originally arrested. Then-DEA Administrator Karen Tandy stated:
“Today’s DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group – is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the US and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement.”
In the two years since Marc’s release in 2014, he has continued to lead the fight towards legalization in Canada. Marc & wife, Jodie Emery, have opened up cannabis dispensaries selling to recreational and medical patients together. Despite police raids, the Emery’s ensure their stores will stay open. Raid update Here.