‘Pot Prince’ Sentenced To Serve 5 Years In U.S. Prison

September 30, 2009

Canada (ChattahBox) – An interesting commentary from Canada.com has brought up some excellent points about the case of Marc Emery, the self-proclaimed ‘Prince of Pot’ who has been sentenced to be extradited to the United States to face a 5-year prison sentence for selling seeds across country borders.

The sentence has cause outrage by many pro-legalization advocates in both Canada and the U.S., but as a commentary by Canada.com pointed out, they are missing the plot a bit.

Many who have read my stories in the past know I am fairly biased in my opinion that marijuana should be legalized. But, despite this, I think the decision of Canada’s government to hand over Emery to serve his sentence was absolutely correct.

That is the law. Period.

Emery has been openly selling his products for years, long before this or the last administration took power in the White House. He has mocked and dared prosecutors to do anything about it.

He has done this for profit, nothing more. His claims that he was doing it for the greater cause of legalization are transparent and ridiculous. He has hurt the cause, not helped it, and anyone who hopes for marijuana to become a free trade substance should be outraged at the stigma he has caused.

A few quotes from the commentary on Canada.com seem to say it best:

“The issue is this country’s obligation to live up to the terms of the extradition treaties we have signed with the U.S. and other countries.

“We certainly wouldn’t like it if an American citizen used the Internet to lure a Canadian minor into the U.S. Canadians would be outraged if American authorities refused to hand over such a person and they would rightly point to the extradition law and say the U.S. was obligated.”

“Still, he continued to put himself in the spotlight, daring authorities to do something about his blatant disregard for both countries’ drug laws. Emery led rallies in Vancouver and urged others across the world to partake of his favorite weed.

“His misguided supporters consider him a martyr for the cause of marijuana decriminalization. He is nothing of the sort. Emery is a calculating businessman who flouted the law.

“His punishment should be a surprise to no one.”

Well said.



5 Responses to “‘Pot Prince’ Sentenced To Serve 5 Years In U.S. Prison”

  1. Truth Seeker on September 30th, 2009 11:42 am

    But I read that many companies sell these seeds across the web?… wow… I get it you are saying it’s political…got it now, thanks.

  2. olivia on September 30th, 2009 12:05 pm

    Truth Seeker – Of course it is political. The marijuana issue has always been one dictated by two sources: businesses that stand to lose money from legalization, and politicians who stand to lose money from the businesses that line their pockets. Lobbyists are watching, and they are running the show.

    Doesn’t change anything, however, and it certainly doesn’t change this case.

  3. MoreCanWestPropaganda on September 30th, 2009 4:48 pm

    Sending the seeds of a plant that’s harmless at worst, and arguably the single most useful plant on the planet at best across an invisible line is being compared to luring a minor??

    Nice try guys, but in this case, neither truth, justice, or common sense are one your side.

  4. Mike Bloom on October 26th, 2009 8:42 am

    Mark Emery probably got lots of his customers busted and sent to prison,

    because he was taking credit card orders – which are easily traced – from American customers.

    When the feds busted the grow ops of Emery’s customers they found his seed catalog that was sent with along all his seed orders.

    That’s how they got Emery, and his customers.

    I support legalization and home-growing for adults, but I think Emery was reckless taking easily traced credit card orders.

    I am sure he will meet a bunch of his credit card customers in US prison.

    Good luck Mark. Next time stick with cash/money orders.

  5. BentSlightly on October 27th, 2009 6:08 pm

    If you are basing your decision on commentary then you are an idiot.

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