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1 CN BC: PUB LTE: 'Evil Is Being Exposed, Change Is Imminent'Wed, 27 Oct 2010
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC) Author:White, Stan Area:British Columbia Lines:32 Added:10/28/2010

Editor, The News:

Re: Medical marijuana advocate loses battle with cancer (The News, Oct. 22).

Along with many other U.S. citizens, I am grateful for the work Michelle Rainey has contributed for the cannabis legalization movement.

I wish Michelle could have lived long enough to see the end of the devil law known as cannabis prohibition.

Evil is being exposed, change is imminent.

Ending the vulgar, immoral act of caging humans for using what God says is good on the very first page of the Bible will become reality.

Stan White

Dillon, Colorado

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2 CN BC: Cancer Kills Pot ActivistTue, 26 Oct 2010
Source:Maple Ridge Times (CN BC) Author:Lau, Alfie Area:British Columbia Lines:85 Added:10/28/2010

Prince of Pot Marc Emery's ex-business partner and medical marijuana advocate, Michelle Rainey, has died from cancer.

Rainey had lived with Crohn's disease since she was a teenager and in the last years of her life struggled against melanoma and lymphatic cancer.

Her husband, Jef Tek, and mother, Emilie, were at her side, each holding a hand, when she died Wednesday night at her home in Maple Ridge in spite of last-ditch, high-dosage experimental cannabis treatment.

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3 CN BC: PUB LTE: Rainey Did Much GoodTue, 26 Oct 2010
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Pierre, Allen St. Area:British Columbia Lines:34 Added:10/26/2010

Re: 'One of the greatest activists' for medical pot, Oct. 22

Thanks to Ian Mulgrew and The Vancouver Sun for alerting the world to the sudden passing of a most remarkable woman. Confronting serious ailments and, at times, a malevolent criminal justice system that cares more about symbolism than promoting sensible public health policies regarding cannabis, Michelle Rainey faced it all with an infectious sense of hope, laughter, keen intelligence and love.

Canada has lost a great and caring human being; her loss is already being felt well beyond the nation's borders.

Allen St. Pierre

Executive director,

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML),

Washington, D.C.

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4 CN BC: Pot Activist and City Native DiesSat, 23 Oct 2010
Source:Record, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:97 Added:10/24/2010

Prince of Pot Marc Emery's ex-business partner and medical marijuana advocate, Michelle Rainey, has died from cancer.

Rainey, who graduated from Lord Kelvin Elementary and New Westminster Secondary School, had lived with Crohn's disease since she was a teenager and in the last years of her life struggled against melanoma and lymphatic cancer.

Her husband, Jef Tek, and mother, Emilie, were at her side, each holding a hand, when she died Wednesday night at her home in Maple Ridge in spite of last-ditch, high-dosage experimental cannabis treatment.

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5 CN BC: Medicinal Marijuana Advocate Loses Battle With CancerFri, 22 Oct 2010
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC) Author:Martins, Monisha Area:British Columbia Lines:80 Added:10/23/2010

Medical marijuana advocate Michelle Rainey died Wednesday night from cancer, which she had been battling for more than a year.

The 39-year-old passed away at her home in Maple Ridge with her husband, Jeff Tek, and her mother Emilie at her side.

"The drug and peace movement has lost a warrior," said her friend and fellow activist David Malmo-Levine.

Rainey was receiving high doses of an experimental tumour-fighting cannabis treatment to fight melanoma and lymphatic cancer when she died.

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6 CN BC: Rainey Canada's Marijuana CrusaderFri, 22 Oct 2010
Source:Windsor Star (CN ON) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:74 Added:10/23/2010

One of Canada's most recognizable marijuana crusaders, Michelle Rainey, has died of cancer.

Rainey, 39, was one of Canada's most active and established marijuana advocates. She helped establish the B.C. Marijuana Party, and ran as a candidate -- touring the province in U.S. President Ronald Reagan's old campaign tour bus, which she nicknamed the "Cannabus."

She was also the organizational force behind Prince of Pot Marc Emery's marijuana-based business empire, although their relationship deteriorated and they split after being hit with a 2005 U.S. drug-and-money-laundering indictment.

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7 CN BC: Column: 'One of the Greatest Activists' For Medical PotFri, 22 Oct 2010
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:99 Added:10/23/2010

Michelle Rainey, a Former Business Partner of Marc Emery, Said She Hoped Her Legacy Would Be Change

Michelle Rainey, Prince of Pot Marc Emery's ex-business partner and blond bombshell medical marijuana advocate, has died of cancer.

She had lived with Crohn's disease since she was a teenager and in the last years of her life struggled against melanoma and lymphatic cancer.

Her husband, Jef Tek, and mother, Emilie, were at her side, each holding a hand, when she succumbed Wednesday night at her home in Maple Ridge in spite of last-ditch, high-dosage experimental cannabis treatment.

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8 CN BC: Medical Marijuana Advocate Michelle Rainey Dies From CancerThu, 21 Oct 2010
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:107 Added:10/21/2010

Prince of Pot Marc Emery's ex-business partner and blonde bombshell medical marijuana advocate, Michelle Rainey has died from cancer.

She had lived with Crohn's Disease since a teenager and in the last years of her life struggled against melanoma and lymphatic cancer.

Her husband Jef Tek and mother Emilie were at her side, each holding a hand, when she succumbed Wednesday night in spite of last-ditch, high-dosage experimental cannabis treatment.

The 39-year-old Rainey was the organizational force behind Emery's pot-based business empire although their relationship deteriorated and they split after being hit with a 2005 U.S. drug-and-money-laundering indictment.

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9 CN BC: Pot Growers Taking On Pitt MeadowsFri, 16 Jul 2010
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC) Author:Martins, Monisha Area:British Columbia Lines:125 Added:07/16/2010

Two people who grow medical marijuana in a house in Pitt Meadows are vowing to fight the city as it amends a bylaw to shut their operation down.

In a cul-de-sac at the end of a quiet residential street, the pair have just harvested a third crop of 98 plants for a woman who suffers from leukemia.

She uses marijuana to control pain by turning it into a tea and blending it with spaghetti sauce.

"We are willing to fight," said Shannon Rowe, who has a Designated-Person Production Licence from Health Canada - a permit that allows her to grow legal pot.

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10 CN BC: Police Raid Maple Ridge Medical Marijuana GrowOpFri, 04 Jun 2010
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:58 Added:06/05/2010

Police seized 1,744 pot plants from a house in Maple Ridge Thursday which was licensed to grow marijuana.

The bust in the 12000-block of Skillen Street follows a four-month long investigation that found the a resident of the home was allegedly growing more marijuana than allowed.

"To my knowledge, this is the first case that involves a place where someone has a license to grow marijuana legally, where police have seized marijuana from," said RCMP Insp. Derren Lench.

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11US: Emery Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Manufacture MarijuanaTue, 25 May 2010
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Woo, Andrea Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:05/25/2010

Vancouver's Prince of Pot Marc Emery pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle Monday to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

As part of a plea bargain, Emery, 52, must serve five years in prison for selling marijuana seeds to U.S. customers through his business, Marc Emery Direct.

He will remain in custody at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac until sentencing on Aug. 27.

Emery's wife, Jodie, said the deal is the best of his limited options.

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12 CN BC: Prison-Bound Prince of Pot Says He Has 'No Regrets'Tue, 11 May 2010
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:65 Added:05/11/2010

Federal Justice Minister Robert Nicholson has signed an extradition order clearing the way for Prince of Pot Marc Emery to be imprisoned in the United States.

The 51-year-old Emery surrendered to authorities Monday in Vancouver after his bail expired, and his lawyer said he expects the marijuana activist to be transferred to America relatively quickly.

He had been free awaiting Nicholson's decision on sending him south to U.S. District Court in Seattle.

In 2005, Emery was arrested after the Americans indicted him on drug production and money-laundering charges related to his longtime marijuana seed-selling business.

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13 CN BC: Marijuana Dispensary Opens In Maple RidgeWed, 05 May 2010
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC) Author:Martins, Monisha Area:British Columbia Lines:123 Added:05/08/2010

A dispensary to distribute medicinal marijuana in Maple Ridge opened its doors to its first customers Tuesday.

In the first half-hour of an open house the previous day, eight people signed up to become members of the Taggs Medical Cannabis Dispensary, operated by the newly-formed non-profit Always Growing Green Society.

All members of the dispensary must have documentation from Health Canada or a registered physician to use its services.

Dale Sharp was one of the first to walk through the dispensary's door and quickly filled out the forms that will allow him to purchase medical marijuana at the 224th Street location.

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14 CN BC: Editorial: Open and ShutWed, 05 May 2010
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:59 Added:05/05/2010

Just the seventh medical marijuana dispensary in B.C. opened Monday in Maple Ridge.

The legality of the operation is in question, though, as is its location - in a renovated rancher at the south end of 224th Street, in the downtrodden downtown.

Opponents don't like the location, or that no one in the community was consulted about opening the service prior to an open house Monday.

Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin is "PO'd." He doesn't want the dispensary in Maple Ridge.

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15 CN BC: PUB LTE: Be Honest With Our KidsWed, 31 Mar 2010
Source:Richmond News (CN BC) Author:Rainey, Michelle Area:British Columbia Lines:59 Added:04/02/2010

The Editor,

Re: "Marijuana far from harmless," Family Function, March 26.

After reading Danielle Aldcorn's uneducated article about the harms associated with cannabis and teens it is blatantly obvious we have a lot more serious issues to deal with.

Her question, "What do you know about delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, TCH for short?" (The correct term is THC) just proves the lack of knowledge or research done.

Today's teens know everything and how to find it due to the Internet, cell phones, and mass media.

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16 CN BC: PUB LTE: Statements Are 'Outrageous'Wed, 24 Mar 2010
Source:Surrey Leader (CN BC) Author:Rainey, Michelle Area:British Columbia Lines:50 Added:03/24/2010

Re: "How many legal pot grow-ops are in Surrey?"

According to Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis, "They're not regulated, they're not permitted, there's no safety inspections - there's no difference (in the structure) between a legal and illegal grow. That's the bottom line."

As a legal producer and user of medicinal cannabis, I am completely outraged by the statements made by Mr. Garis. There is a difference between a legal and illegal cannabis production. We, who are legal, are fighting to save our lives with this precious medicine.

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17 CN BC: Forum Aims To Provide Pot PerspectiveThu, 25 Mar 2010
Source:Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC) Author:Stern, Rachel Area:British Columbia Lines:60 Added:03/24/2010

Nanaimo's Hempology 101 Club wants to offer some perspective on the controversial debate over the use and legalization of marijuana during an upcoming Cannabis Convention.

The Vancouver Island University club, an activist group working within the legal system to change the laws regarding cannabis use, is hosting its first Cannabis Convention Sunday (March 28).

The focus is education and organizers emphasize the convention isn't a smoking event.

The main theme is the medical use of marijuana and how it's being distributed in Canada. People will also receive information about the cannabis movement and why marijuana is banned in Canada.

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18 CN BC: Marijuana Fans Will Unite At VIU This WeekendWed, 24 Mar 2010
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC) Author:Bell, Danielle Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:03/24/2010

Education, not a 'pot-smoking festival,' is focus of inuagural event, say organizers

Nanaimo will host its first Cannabis Convention at Vancouver Island University on Sunday but organizers say it is not a marijuana-smoking festival.

The convention is an educational and networking event with a heavy focus on medical marijuana issues, say organizers, who stress that people will be discouraged from smoking pot on campus.

VIU communications were not immediately available for comment on Tuesday but a spokeswoman said in an e-mail that the convention is a student-led and organized event. Police, who are also aware of the event and are working with VIU security, said they will attend if complaints occur.

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19 CN BC: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Access Rules InvalidFri, 12 Feb 2010
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC) Author:Codere, Bruce Area:British Columbia Lines:53 Added:02/15/2010

Editor, The News:

Re: Legal pot growers pick own medicine (The News, Feb. 5).

I support Michelle Rainey in her advocacy for the right of sick people to chose their medicine.

I advocate for all people their right to invoke the doctrine of informed consent, which obviates the need to turn to Health Canada for cannabis.

This is particularly relevant since the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations were found once again constitutionally invalid with the Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Jan. 14 in the Beren case. The MMAR have been made available to about one in 25 Canadians who use cannabis as medicine. That's not an insult - it's genocide.

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20 CN BC: Legal Pot Growers Pick Own MedicineFri, 05 Feb 2010
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC) Author:Martins, Monisha Area:British Columbia Lines:182 Added:02/06/2010

Somewhere in a quiet corner of Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, a cannabis crop is being harvested right now, legally.

The half-dozen or so known local growers are a select bunch of 4,869 people in Canada authorized to possess the narcotic plant under Marihuana Medical Access Regulations.

"Cannabis isn't for everybody, but patients are entitled to pick and choose their own medicine," said Michelle Rainey, a Maple Ridge resident and vice-president of the B.C. Marijuana Party.

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21 CN BC: Column: Street Prostitution - A Scourge That Must EndSun, 18 Oct 2009
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Ferry, Jon Area:British Columbia Lines:79 Added:10/19/2009

It's Spread From Skid Row And Is Now Found In The 'Burbs

It was around 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving, and Maple Ridge resident Michelle Rainey was going to her local gym when she saw a woman in her 40s she knows as Elaine soliciting on 225th Street.

Elaine looked haggard, Rainey told me. Her hair was a mess, she was wearing a filthy white tracksuit and needed $25 to pay a crack debt.

Rainey went over to talk to her and gave her $75, on condition she took the day off and gave herself and the community a break.

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22 CN BC: PUB LTE: Compassionate Solution For Sex Trade WorkersWed, 14 Oct 2009
Source:Maple Ridge News (CN BC) Author:Rainey, Michelle Area:British Columbia Lines:45 Added:10/19/2009

Editor, The News:

Re: In harm's way (News Views, Oct. 9).

Thank you, for your compassionate opinion about a situation that lacks complete compassion.

I was not aware or forewarned that the home my husband and I purchased in 2006 on 225th Street was a mini version of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Even after working for a decade in an area of impoverished, addicted homeless individuals, I was saddened to witness the same activities developing in my neighborhood over the course of three years.

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23 CN BC: Pot Prince Awaits ExtraditionTue, 29 Sep 2009
Source:Province, The (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:47 Added:09/29/2009

Canada's self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot" was escorted out of B.C. Supreme Court and into jail Monday to await extradition to the U.S., where he is to serve up to five years in prison for shipping marijuana seeds across the border.

Marc Emery, 51, was indicted in 2005 along with two associates on drug and money-laundering charges stemming from a lucrative mail-order pot-seed business run out of Emery's Vancouver book and paraphernalia shop, which also doubled as B.C.'s Marijuana Party headquarters.

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24 CN BC: Canada's 'Prince of Pot' Awaits Extradition to U.S.Tue, 29 Sep 2009
Source:Montreal Gazette (CN QU)          Area:British Columbia Lines:42 Added:09/29/2009

VANCOUVER - Canada's selfproclaimed "Prince of Pot" was escorted out of B.C. Supreme Court and into jail yesterday to await extradition to the U.S., where he is to serve as long as five years in prison for shipping marijuana seeds across the border.

Marc Emery, 51, was indicted in 2005 along with two associates on drug and moneylaundering charges stemming from a lucrative mail-order pot-seed business run out of Emery's Vancouver book and paraphernalia shop, which also doubled as B.C.'s Marijuana Party headquarters.

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25 CN BC: 'Prince of Pot' Now 'Marijuana Martyr'Tue, 29 Sep 2009
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB)          Area:British Columbia Lines:70 Added:09/29/2009

Vancouver's Marc Emery Awaits Extradition for Shipping Marijuana Seeds to the U. S.

Canada's self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot" was escorted out of B. C. Supreme Court and into jail Monday to await extradition to the U. S., where he is to serve up to five years in prison for shipping marijuana seeds across the border.

Marc Emery, 51, was indicted in 2005 along with two associates on drug and money-laundering charges stemming from a lucrative mail-order pot-seed business run out of Emery's Vancouver book and paraphernalia shop, which also doubled as B. C.'s Marijuana Party headquarters.

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26 CN BC: Column: Prince of Pot's Sentence Reeks of Injustice and Mocks Our SovereiMon, 28 Sep 2009
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:123 Added:09/29/2009

Emery's Jail Term Longer Than for Some Violent Crimes

After two decades as Canada's Prince of Pot, Marc Emery will surrender himself today in B.C. Supreme Court and become the country's first Marijuana Martyr.

Emery will begin serving what could be as long as five years behind bars as Uncle Sam's prisoner for a crime that in Canada would have earned him at most a month in the local hoosegow.

It is a legal tragedy that in my opinion marks the capitulation of our sovereignty and underscores the hypocrisy around cannabis.

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27 CN BC: 'Prince of Pot' Awaits Extradition to U.S.Tue, 29 Sep 2009
Source:National Post (Canada)          Area:British Columbia Lines:71 Added:09/28/2009

VANCOUVER - Canada's self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot" was escorted out of B.C. Supreme Court and into jail yesterday to await extradition to the United States, where he is to serve up to five years in prison for shipping marijuana seeds across the border.

Marc Emery, 51, was indicted in 2005 along with two associates on drug and money-laundering charges stemming from a lucrative mail-order pot-seed business run out of Emery's Vancouver book and paraphernalia shop, which also doubled as B.C.'s Marijuana Party headquarters.

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28 US WA: Employees Of Canada's 'Prince Of Pot' Get Probation, EndingFri, 17 Jul 2009
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Washington Lines:111 Added:07/19/2009

After Four Years Of Politically Charged Legal Wrangling, Two Employees Of Canada's So-Called "Prince Of Pot" Have Avoided Prison For Their Roles In Exporting Marijuana Seeds To The U.S. By Mail-Order.

The plea deal, finalized on Friday, sets the stage for the Prince of Pot himself, Marc Emery, to surrender to U.S. authorities later this year to face prison time. That will close the long-running, high-profile case that had pitted some of Canada's most vocal marijuana activists against the Justice Department in a war of words.

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29 CN BC: Pot Activists Dodge JailSun, 19 Jul 2009
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Mercer, Katie Area:British Columbia Lines:55 Added:07/19/2009

Two associates of pot activist Marc Emery will avoid prison time after being sentenced in Seattle last week.

Michelle Rainey and Gregory Williams were given two years probation in the city's U.S. District Court for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

"I'm delighted they got two years probation," Emery told The Province from Barrie, Ont. "They [the U.S. courts] are reserving their vindictiveness for me, I would suspect."

Rainey and Williams were indicted alongside Emery in 2005 on drug and money-laundering charges for their roles in running a seed business.

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30 CN AB: Edu: Prince Of Pot Bids Freedom, Calgary AdieuThu, 16 Jul 2009
Source:Gauntlet, The (CN AB Edu) Author:Rininsland, AEndrew Area:Alberta Lines:85 Added:07/17/2009

Marc Emery -- best known to Canadians for smoking massive joints at pro-cannabis legalization rallies and taking bong hits before defending the plant at news conferences -- visited Calgary on Sun., July 5, as part of his farewell tour. Emery's visit marked what will likely be the last time he is here before being extradited to the United States on drug-related charges.

"I want to give out everybody's marching orders so that more are active and my time in jail is not so bad," said Emery. "One of the things I used to remember from being in Saskatoon Correctional -- three months for passing one joint -- was that you get a lot of 'Oh man, it must suck to be in prison.' You never need to write someone in prison and say that. So one of the things I like is when all the activists write me while I'm in prison and tell me 'I was doing this to make pot legal.'

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31 CN BC: OPED: Why I Will Plead Guilty in a U.S. Court to Distributing MarijuanaThu, 11 Jun 2009
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Emery, Marc Area:British Columbia Lines:262 Added:06/12/2009

In the end, my lawyer, a wily and shrewd man named Ian Donaldson, said he just wouldn't do it. He wouldn't be the lawyer of record at any extradition hearing for Marc Emery. It wasn't about money, though Ian has charged me next to nothing over four years-less than $20,000-and it wasn't for lack of caring either.

He said there just isn't any way to beat the extradition. As he told the CBC, "I am unaware of any situation since the 1990s when the Canadian government has refused an extradition request of the United States."

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32 Canada: Canada's Mail-Order Pot Dealer Taunts U.S.Sun, 07 Jun 2009
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Hainsworth, Jeremy Area:Canada Lines:161 Added:06/07/2009

Vancouver, British Columbia -- Psychedelic rock booms through the Vapour Lounge. In the store, young and some not-so-young people smoke pot through a variety of devices. And owner Marc Emery stands in the middle of it all, proclaiming his goal of defeating the U.S. war on drugs.

Known as the Prince of Pot, Emery has sold millions of marijuana seeds around the world by mail over the past decade. In doing so, he has drawn the attention of U.S. drug officials, who want him extradited to Seattle. Emery has agreed to plead guilty in Seattle to one count of marijuana distribution in exchange for dismissal of all other counts, and the U.S. attorney is pressing for a sentence of five to eight years in a U.S. prison.

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33 CN BC: Emery Will Serve Time On Pot ChargeFri, 05 Jun 2009
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Chan, Cheryl Area:British Columbia Lines:73 Added:06/05/2009

Marijuana Activist To Give Up Extradition Fight To U.S. In Exchange For Guilty Plea

Marc Emery, Canada's most well-known pot activist, will serve time in an American prison after giving up on a four-year extradition battle on three drug-related charges.

Emery, nicknamed The Prince of Pot, said he will plead guilty to one charge of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana as part of a plea bargain with the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Washington state.

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34 CN BC: Canada's 'Prince of Pot' At War With US Drug WarMon, 01 Jun 2009
Source:Charlotte Observer (NC) Author:Hainsworth, Jeremy Area:British Columbia Lines:137 Added:06/04/2009

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Psychedelic rock booms through The Vapour Lounge. In the store, young and some not-so-young people smoke pot through a variety of devices. And owner Marc Emery stands in the middle of it all, proclaiming his goal of defeating the U.S. war on drugs. Known as the Prince of Pot, Emery has sold millions of marijuana seeds around the world by mail over the past decade. In doing so, he has drawn the attention of U.S. drug officials, who want him extradited to Seattle. Emery has agreed to plead guilty in Seattle to one count of marijuana distribution in exchange for dismissal of all other counts, and the U.S. District Attorney is pressing for a sentence of five to eight years in a U.S. prison. The case is the latest twist in Emery's two-decade-long fight against the prohibition of marijuana in North America. To his supporters, he is a brave crusader for the use and sale of a drug with both recreational and medicinal value. To drug officials, he is a criminal and the biggest purveyor of marijuana from Canada into the United States.

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35 CN BC: Canada's 'Prince of Pot' At War With US Drug WarSun, 31 May 2009
Source:Tri-City Herald (WA) Author:Hainsworth, Jeremy Area:British Columbia Lines:162 Added:06/03/2009

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Psychedelic rock booms through The Vapour Lounge. In the store, young and some not-so-young people smoke pot through a variety of devices. And owner Marc Emery stands in the middle of it all, proclaiming his goal of defeating the U.S. war on drugs.

Known as the Prince of Pot, Emery has sold millions of marijuana seeds around the world by mail over the past decade. In doing so, he has drawn the attention of U.S. drug officials, who want him extradited to Seattle. Emery has agreed to plead guilty in Seattle to one count of marijuana distribution in exchange for dismissal of all other counts, and the U.S. District Attorney is pressing for a sentence of five to eight years in a U.S. prison.

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36 CN BC: Extradition Hearing Delayed In Mail-Order Marijuana CaseTue, 26 May 2009
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Fraser, Keith Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:05/26/2009

Marc Emery's Lawyer Cites Possible U.S. Deal

The extradition hearing for marijuana activist Marc Emery, which was scheduled to begin next week, has been adjourned.

Emery's lawyer, Ian Donaldson, told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Anne Mackenzie that he needed more time to finalize an agreement with U.S. prosecutors that would end the need for the hearing.

Donaldson noted that two of Emery's co-accused have pleaded guilty to their part in a scheme in which marijuana seeds were sold for use in grow-ops south of the border.

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37 US WA: 2 Plead Guilty In Marijuana-Seed OperationFri, 24 Apr 2009
Source:Seattle Times (WA) Author:Brown, Charles E. Area:Washington Lines:42 Added:04/26/2009

A pair from Vancouver, B.C., pleaded guilty in Seattle's federal court on Friday to involvement in a marijuana-manufacturing operation. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle said Michelle Rainey, 38, and Gregory Keith Williams, 54, voluntarily appeared in Seattle to resolve charges stemming from a 2005 grand jury indictment.

A pair from Vancouver, B.C., pleaded guilty in Seattle's federal court today in a marijuana-manufacturing operation.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Seattle said Michelle Rainey, 38, and Gregory Keith Williams, 54, voluntarily appeared in Seattle to resolve charges stemming from a 2005 grand-jury indictment. The attorney's office said the two were employees of marijuana-seed distributor Marc Emery, who remains in Canada while fighting extradition to the U.S. on similar charges.

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38 CN BC: Emery Pals Plead Guilty To Pot CountSat, 25 Apr 2009
Source:London Free Press (CN ON)          Area:British Columbia Lines:37 Added:04/26/2009

SEATTLE, WA. (CP) -- Two former employees of Vancouver's self-proclaimed Prince of Pot have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Michelle Rainey and Gregory Keith Williams, both of Vancouver, have pleaded guilty.

Thirty-eight-year-old Rainey and 54-year-old Williams were charged along with pot advocate Marc Emery in 2005 to selling seeds over the Internet. A former Londoner, Emery is scheduled for an extradition hearing in Vancouver on June 1.

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39 CN BC: Tommy Chong A Casualty Of War On DrugsThu, 27 Nov 2008
Source:Georgia Straight, The (CN BC) Author:Smith, Charlie Area:British Columbia Lines:88 Added:11/27/2008

Comedian Tommy Chong has felt the sting of the Bush administration's war on all things related to marijuana. For Chong, the nightmare began in February 2003, when police helicopters and a bunch of agents with dogs launched an early-morning raid on his suburban Los Angeles home.

In the acclaimed documentary a/k/a Tommy Chong, Chong says the cops first told him he wasn't under arrest. In fact, they were busting his Internet bong-selling business as part of a massive U.S. government crackdown called Operation Pipe Dreams. After U.S. drug agents tricked staff at the family company into shipping bongs illegally to Pennsylvania, Chong pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute drug paraphernalia in order to spare his son and wife from prosecution. He was sentenced to nine months in jail on the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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40 Canada: Budding Wealth in the WeedSun, 23 Nov 2008
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:Canada Lines:281 Added:11/24/2008

With the Courts Striking Down the Federal Government's Monopoly on Supplying Medical Marijuana, Private Growers Are Bullish on Pot's Commercial Potential

Eric Nash can barely contain his excitement waiting to hear from Health Canada whether he can start growing marijuana for 250 patients now that the Federal Court of Appeal has struck down the government's monopoly on supplying medical marijuana.

That would be just the start. He says there are tens of thousands more who are ailing across the country, clamouring for his organic B.C. bud.

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41 Canada: A Bright Green Spot in the EconomySat, 15 Nov 2008
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:Canada Lines:521 Added:11/16/2008

With Courts Striking Down the Government's Monopoly on Supplying Medical Marijuana, Private Growers Are Clamouring to Capitalize on Pot's Commercial Potential

DUNCAN - Eric Nash can barely contain his excitement waiting to hear from Health Canada whether he can start growing marijuana for 250 patients.

That would be just the start. There are tens of thousands more who are ailing across the country clamouring for his organic B.C. bud.

"There is a great opportunity here for the government to collect significant tax revenue currently being lost to the street market," Nash, one of the best-known legal cannabis producers, enthused.

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42 CN BC: PUB LTE: Pot Festival Critic Was Out of BoundsFri, 25 Apr 2008
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Rainey, Michelle Area:British Columbia Lines:33 Added:04/27/2008

Re: Public pot festival a sad display, Soundoff, April 24

My life depends on cannabis 24/7, and, believe me, I do have a very meaningful life. I walk everywhere when possible, use local transit, carry hemp bags for shopping, do one hour of cardio five days a week at my local gym and work full-time.

During all that, as a holder of a federal medical marijuana licence, I smoke 10 grams of cannabis a day to combat nausea, chronic diarrhea and pain from Crohn's disease, which I've suffered for 20 years.

Celebrating the "420 Festival" is my God-given right seeing as how I should have been dead by age 30 -- which was six years ago.

Michelle Rainey

Vice-president and financial agent

BC Marijuana party

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43 CN BC: Hearing Set for B.C.'s 'Prince of Pot'Thu, 10 Apr 2008
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC)          Area:British Columbia Lines:30 Added:04/11/2008

VANCOUVER -- The province's self-styled Prince of Pot and his two of his colleagues will face an extradition hearing on Dec. 1.

Canadians Mark Emery, Michelle Rainey and Greg Williams all face charges of drug trafficking and money laundering in the U.S.

The three were arrested in Canada in August 2005 at the request of U.S. officials because of Emery's Vancouver-based seed sale business and strident pro-pot activism.

In court yesterday, two weeks were set aside for the hearing, one starting Dec. 1 and another in February 2009.

The hearing had been delayed while both sides tried to work out a plea bargain. The process began again last month after Ottawa nixed a tentative deal between the 50-year-old Emery and U.S. prosecutors.

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44 CN BC: Emery Extradition Case Starts Late '08Thu, 10 Apr 2008
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Mulgrew, Ian Area:British Columbia Lines:68 Added:04/11/2008

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's self-styled Prince of Pot, Marc Emery, and two colleagues will face an extradition hearing in B.C. Supreme Court starting later this year over American drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges.

At a hearing to set dates Wednesday before Associate Chief Justice Patrick Dohm, lawyers said they expect the proceedings will take a week from Dec. 1 through 5, and another week in February.

The three Canadians were arrested in August 2005 at the request of the U.S. because of Emery's locally based seed-selling business and strident pro-marijuana activism.

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45 CN BC: Homegrown Bailout?Thu, 03 Apr 2008
Source:NOW Magazine (CN ON) Author:Mernagh, Matt Area:British Columbia Lines:67 Added:04/03/2008

There's a massive cloud of cannabis confusion hovering around Marc Emery's extradition case now that the deal between the Prince of Pot and U.S. prosecutors has hit the skids.

Under the now-defunct arrangement, Emery's two co-accused, Greg Williams and Michelle Rainey, would have gone free while he served five years in Canada on U.S. charges of shipping marijuana seeds stateside.

Now, as Emery heads to another round of extradition hearings April 9, his lawyers will be armed with a new and startling precedent.

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46 CN BC: Pot Crusader's Plea Deal NixedFri, 28 Mar 2008
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Herald, Area:British Columbia Lines:37 Added:03/31/2008

A tentative deal between Marc Emery and the U.S. government over money laundering and drug charges has been nixed by Ottawa, the marijuana crusader said Thursday.

Emery says the federal Conservatives have refused to go along with a proposal that would have seen him spend five years behind bars for selling marijuana seeds through the mail.

Under the defunct pact, Emery was to plead guilty on both sides of the border and accept a sentence of 10 years imprisonment on the understanding he would serve half, mostly in Canada.

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47 CN BC: Plea Bargain Up In SmokeSat, 29 Mar 2008
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON)          Area:British Columbia Lines:57 Added:03/29/2008

Canada Nixed a Deal: 'Prince of Pot'

VANCOUVER -- B.C.'s self-proclaimed "prince of pot" said yesterday the Canadian government has nixed a plea bargain with U.S. authorities that would have meant five years in prison.

Marc Emery was charged in the U.S. with selling seeds over the Internet. He said he was willing to accept a five-year deal but the Canadian government wasn't.

"I was willing to accept the deal that would put me in jail for five years on a 10-year sentence, mostly served in Canada," Emery said at a news conference in the Vapour Lounge, newly opened above the outlet where he sells marijuana paraphernalia.

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48 CN BC: Emery Plea NixedSat, 29 Mar 2008
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Joyce, Greg Area:British Columbia Lines:76 Added:03/29/2008

VANCOUVER - Former Londoner Marc Emery, British Columbia's self-proclaimed "prince of pot," says the Canadian government has nixed a plea bargain with U.S. authorities that would have meant five years in prison.

Emery is charged in the U.S. with selling seeds over the Internet.

He said yesterday he was willing to accept a five-year deal, but the Canadian government wasn't.

"I was willing to accept the deal that would put me in jail for five years on a 10-year sentence, mostly served in Canada," Emery said at a news conference in the Vapour Lounge, newly opened above the downtown headquarters where he sells marijuana paraphernalia.

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49 CN BC: Ottawa Rejected Plea Deal With Us, Emery SaysSat, 29 Mar 2008
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Joyce, Greg Area:British Columbia Lines:69 Added:03/29/2008

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's self-proclaimed "prince of pot" says Canada has rejected a plea bargain with U.S. authorities that would have meant five years in prison. Marc Emery is charged in the United States with selling seeds over the Internet.

He said yesterday he was willing to accept a five-year deal but Ottawa wasn't.

"I was willing to accept the deal that would put me in jail for five years on a 10-year sentence, mostly served in Canada," he said at a news conference in the Vapour Lounge, above the Vancouver headquarters where he sells marijuana paraphernalia.

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50 CN BC: So-called Pot Crusader Says Ottawa Nixed DealSat, 29 Mar 2008
Source:Daily Gleaner (CN NK)          Area:British Columbia Lines:63 Added:03/29/2008

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's self-proclaimed "prince of pot" says the Canadian government has nixed a plea bargain with U.S. authorities that would have meant five years in prison.

Marc Emery is charged in the U.S. with selling seeds over the Internet.

He said Friday he was willing to accept a five-year deal but the Canadian government wasn't.

"I was willing to accept the deal that would put me in jail for five years on a 10-year sentence, mostly served in Canada," Emery said at a news conference in the Vapour Lounge, newly opened above the downtown headquarters where he sells marijuana paraphernalia.

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