A high profile Canadian marijuana seeds dealer has been extradited to the US
Mark Emery, also known as the “Prince of Pot” has been moved from Canada to the US, where he is expected to plead guilty to charges of selling marijuana seeds to customers from the US. Supposedly, Marc Emery has sold millions of marijuana seeds worldwide, sending them through the post. His extradition was ordered by Canada’s Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson on the 10th of May 2010 and he was sent to Seattle, Washington State. On September 10 2010 he was sentenced to five years in prison, the US district court judge, Ricardo Martinez, said that there was no doubt that his actions were criminal and that Emery ensured that others broke the law by selling them cannabis seeds.
Richard Troberman, Mr Emery’s attorney, told the Associated Press news agency that his client would plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana for an agreed sentence of five years in prison. Emery, a resident of Vancouver, British Colombia, said he made $3m a year before his arrest in 2005. He would donate the majority of his earnings to the campaign for the legalization of marijuana.
Emery’s marijuana seeds were allegedly found to be linked to illegal cannabis growing operations in Indiana, Florida, Tennessee, Montana, Virginia, Michigan, New Jersey and North Dakota, according to the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Emery’s followers, assert that Canada’s Conservative government, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is instigating a “culture war” by not intervening in his deportation. This is because by Canadian law Emery’s crime is only punishable by a $200 fine, yet he has been sent to serve a prison sentence in the US.
How did Emery begin his marijuana seeds business when he moved to British Colombia in March 1994, where he founded a shop called Hemp BC. The shop played a large part in the expansion of Canada’s underground industry in cannabis related paraphernalia. Later in 1994, a court challenge that Emery backed convinced and Ontario judge to overturn the Canadian ban on marijuana and drug related literature, making it legal for High Times Magazine and other books to be sold in Canada again.
After attending High Times Cannabis Cup and being inspired a Dutch Seed store named Sensi Seeds he began selling marijuana seeds in late 1994. In early 1995 Emery launched Cannabis Canada Magazine, which was later re-named Cannabis Culture Magazine. In December of that year he and his marijuana seeds business were featured on the front of the Wall Street Journal, leading to a surge of media attention. After a number of raids arrests and protests in relation to the physical store, Emery change hid business to mail order only in early 2000.