Pubdate: Tue, 13 Dec 2005
Source: Metro (CN BC)
Copyright: Metro 2005
Author: Jeff Hodson
Bookmark: (Canadian Marijuana Party)
Bookmark: (Emery, Marc)


Marijuana Party President Not Planning To Run

The president of the B.C. Marijuana Party is free to campaign in the
upcoming federal election.

Marc Emery, who appeared in B.C. Supreme Court Thursday to set a date
for his extradition trial to the U.S. for allegedly selling marijuana
seeds over the Internet, will be allowed to campaign in January's
federal election, ruled Associate Chief Justice Patrick Dohm. Dohm
said if Emery wishes to participate in the election he should first
discuss with his counsel, and should not advocate the sale of
marijuana seeds.

Emery, who ran as the leader of the B.C. Marijuana Party in May's
provincial election in Fort Langley-Aldergrove against then-solicitor
general Rich Coleman, said he has no intention of running in the 2006
federal election, but will campaign for Svend Robinson, the NDP
candidate in Vancouver-Centre.

Contacted yesterday, Robinson said he welcomed Emery's support.
Further, he called the attempt to extradite the B.C. Marijuana Party
Leader "appalling" and a "judicial attack on Canadian

Emery said his party is "fully endorsing" the NDP in the campaign,
"it's the best thing our people could do."

Emery, who was arrested July 29 in Nova Scotia, faces extradition to
the U.S. on charges of conspiracy to launder money and to manufacture
and distribute marijuana seeds.

He expects the actual extradition trial to take place between
September and December of 2006.
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