Pubdate: Mon, 12 Sep 2005
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Copyright: 2005, The Globe and Mail Company
Author: Amy Carmichael, Canadian Press
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Emery, Marc)


VANCOUVER -- Marc Emery took a hit from a joint as his fans smoked and 
screamed for his freedom in front of the U.S. consulate.

The marijuana activist faces extradition for seed sales -- a crime that 
isn't prosecuted in Canada -- and up to life in prison if convicted by a 
U.S. court.

In the same breath, supporters gathered around him Saturday demanded 
sovereignty for Canada and the global legalization of pot.

People everywhere are outraged and scared it could happen to them, declared 
Mr. Emery, 47.

"I want to tell you," he shouted above the yells, "you are part of a great 
awareness. Today, 40 cities around the world, from Warsaw, Moscow, Russia, 
London, Paris, Madrid, Italy, they are rallying at Canadian consulates 
around the world. In Melbourne, Australia, and Sydney, Canadian embassies 
are being picketed!"

Mr. Emery also referred to a poll by The Globe and Mail that showed the 
majority of Canadians are opposed to his extradition.

Mr. Emery's extradition hearing starts Sept. 16 in B.C. Supreme Court. The 
long-time pot activist is accused of selling marijuana seeds to Americans 
via the Internet and the mail, conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and 
conspiracy to engage in money laundering.

His co-accused are Michelle Rainey-Fenkarek and Gregory Keith Smith.
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