Dear Canadian Citizens:
I am writing you today with respect to the up coming extradition trial of a Canadian citizen by the name of Mark Emery. Here is my concern and why I am interested in his plight: There are 14 US states that have legalized the use of cannabis as medication. Persons who have received a recommendation from their physician and who have registered with their state have the legal right in those states to grow, have on their person, and use cannabis to relieve them from the symptoms that they’re experiencing because of their malady.
What use is it to give them that right but deny them the ability to purchase cannabis seeds to grow with?
There are no cannabis seed brokers here in the United States after all. Even though there are plenty of compassion clubs legally selling marijuana, hashish, hash oil and other cannabis products, cannabis seeds remain in short supply—not all patients are purchasing their prescriptions through compassion clubs, but choose instead to grow their own plants.
Furthermore, Karen Tandy of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency made it very clear that her main objective for choosing to go after Mr. Emery was political—her public announcement of Mr. Emery’s arrest stated that she had put an end to Mr. Emery’s financial support of groups that aim to end Marijuana Prohibition. Mrs. Tandy’s reasons were therefore illegal under the US Constitution. Please read the original statement she made about Mr. Emery and his arrest at the DEA’s own website: http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/pressrel/pr081105.html
Last and most important, Please let it known that the US charges against Mr. Emery are for trafficking in Marijuana. He never sold cannabis to anyone in the US —only cannabis seeds. Therefore, the DEA is lying. Furthermore, they are charging him with money laundering. Since when is contributing to political organizations like NORML considered money laundering? In addition to the above, Mrs. Tandy’s claim that Mr. Emery’s profits were illicit is a complete fraud. Not only was his business a legitimate enterprise, he claimed income taxes on the sale of cannabis seeds every year—for years the Government of Canada gladly took his money. And as you may know, the Canadian Government not only purchased cannabis seeds from Mr. Emery for their Underground Hydroponic Marijuana Farm (Prairie Plant Systems, Saskatoon Canada ), but also recommended that patients with prescriptions for marijuana purchase their seeds from him. The action taken by Karen Tandy against a Canadian citizen was undoubtedly a self-serving, political, hypocritical, and illegal one. Mr. Emery should be set free and not serve another day in jail. He should not be shackled and sent down south to be prosecuted for something that the Canadian Government wouldn’t even prosecute him for. Such a tragedy would be more than draconian, it would be a shameful blow to Canada’s sovereignty.
Craig Whitney (A concerned US citizen)
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