Five Years for Canadian “Prince of Pot” In U.S. Prison
September 11, 2010
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.”