Pubdate: Mon, 01 May 2006
Source: Toronto Star (CN ON)
Copyright: 2006 The Toronto Star
Author: Ross Reynolds
Bookmark: (Cannabis)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Emery, Marc)


Re: `Prince of Pot' ready for martyrdom in marijuana cause, April 29.

To think that Mark Emery is a significant threat to the United States  
and that its request for Emery to be extradited to face drug charges  
is not politically motivated is laughable.It seems Emery broke  
Canadian laws, too, but Canada's justice department, up to this point  
at least, has not been on an anti-marijuana crusade with the zeal of  
the Americans.

Now that Canada has taken a turn to the right and in order to mend  
broken fences and demonstrate their new get-tough approach, I fear  
the Conservatives will be much more compliant to the U.S. request. To  
grant such a request denies Canada its sovereignty and forces Canada  
to meekly follow the U.S. in its failed war on drugs. It may very  
well backfire for the U.S. if the case becomes high profile. Is the  
U.S. willing to gamble it won't be furthering Emery's cause by  
creating a martyr?

Ross Reynolds, Toronto
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