Five Years for Canadian “Prince of Pot” In U.S. Prison

September 11, 2010

U.S. (ChattahBox U.S. News) – Marc Emery, one described as the “Prince of Pot” for his major distribution in the U.S. and Canada, has been sentenced to five years in prison on conspiracy charges.

The 52-year-old was facing a much longer sentence, but plead guilty to the lesser charges and received a plea deal, which CNN reports will include a 4 year supervised probation period following his prison time.

Founder of the British Columbia Marijuana Party, a political group dedicated to the legalization of marijuana, the arrest and 5-year legal battle that followed has been called a ploy to assist in the stalling of that cause, which is closer than ever to becoming a reality. His supporters cite a 2005 DEA memo that called his arrest a “serious blow to the legalization movement.”

Emery has been providing hundreds of thousands of dollars to groups dedicated to legalization over the years, made from the millions he made from his seed selling business.

“Emery put his personal profits above the law,” U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said.

“He made millions of dollars by shipping millions of seeds into the U.S. He sold to anyone who would pay him — with no regard for the age or criminal activities of his customers. Now, Emery is paying the price for being part of the illegal drug trade that damages lives, homes and the environment.”


Comments

2 Responses to “Five Years for Canadian “Prince of Pot” In U.S. Prison”

  1. Ozvaldo Pacheco on September 11th, 2010 2:04 pm

    well, i mean… its irrelevant if he sold it to a 5 year old or a 50 year old… because its ILLEGAL anyway… CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES??? we’re dont stop selling alcohol and cigarettes to rapsist’, child molesters, and murders do we? so that one has to be thrown out when u think about it… and uhhh… marijuana doesnt “damage” homes. people damage THEIR own homes; THEIR own lives; and THEIR own environments… but a plant just grows on its own with water and dirt so either of the 3 dont make sense… i’m ozzie J, and i’m FOR legalization… :) )

  2. Ed on September 11th, 2010 5:59 pm

    This Durkan character has GOT to be kidding me. Everyone knows the U. S. is holding this man because he is a powerful figure in the legalization of Marijuana. Emery was committing no crime, he was just giving the American and Canadian people what they wanted. The only people that will profit from his prison sentence are the DEA and other such government officials. Unfortunately, these are also the people in power.

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