Saturday, July 30, 2005

Reefer Madness 

First, we bust some industrious potheads who were tunneling under the Canada-US border. Now, this.

Vancouver — Marc Emery, Canada's most prominent pro-marijuana activist, is facing the possibility of life imprisonment in the United States for selling marijuana seeds over the Internet to U.S. customers.

In a stunning development, RCMP officers arrested the self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot” in Halifax yesterday after a U.S. federal grand jury indicted him on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana seeds, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to engage in money laundering.

The charges stem from Mr. Emery's lucrative sale of marijuana seeds, an activity he has carried on from his Vancouver base with minimal legal penalty for 10 years.

...U.S. drug-enforcement officials said they will seek Mr. Emery's extradition from Canada to stand trial in Seattle, where conviction on either of the marijuana charges carries a minimum prison term of 10 years to a maximum of life.

...“I am pleased to announce that he is out of business as of today,” Mr. Benson told a Seattle news conference. “His overblown arrogance and abuse of the rule of law will no longer be on display. Like other drugs, marijuana harms the innocents.”
(via Globe and Mail)
It's a good we don't have other international law enforcement issues to deal with. But even if we did, I think it's important that we send a message to arrogant druggies who thumb their noses at the law and live a life shielded from accountability for their own actions. Unless we make a clear statement of zero tolerance for this kind of activity, there's no telling what crimes these sociopaths may wind up committing.

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