Newsbrief: Canadian Marijuana Activist/Entrepreneur Marc Emery Jailed for 90 Days 8/20/04

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Marc Emery, the Vancouver-based founder of the British Columbia Marijuana Party (http://www.bcmarijuanaparty.com), publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine (http://www.cannabisculture.com), and marijuana seed empresario, was sent to jail for 90 days Thursday afternoon in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for passing two joints at a political rally in March.

Marc Emery getting arrested in Winnipeg, July 2003
(courtesy Cannabis Culture magazine)
Emery, one of the most prominent figures in Canada's marijuana scene -- he is sometimes referred to as "The Prince of Pot" -- has a long history of arrests to further the cause of marijuana legalization, but has never before faced significant time behind bars. But, reported Cannabis Culture, this is Saskatoon, "one of Canada's most anti-pot regions," one where harsh sentences are frequently handed out. Emery was charged under Canada's drug trafficking law, which makes no distinction among quantities or between different drugs, and could have faced seven years in prison. Crown prosecutors asked for two.

Emery was arrested after sharing two joints with people in a local park after giving a speech denouncing the marijuana laws. While Canadian law permits laying a trafficking charge for sharing a joint, such charges are rarely brought, suggesting Emery was prosecuted for political reasons.

Emery served three nights in the Saskatoon jail after his arrest and had been free on bond pending trial and sentencing. While his attorneys said they were considering an appeal of the sentence, Emery will probably have done his time before the appeal is heard.

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