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Canada's Prince of Pot arrested by DEA!
by CannabisCanuck
Thursday Aug 4th, 2005 12:35 PM
Canadian authorities, acting at the behest of U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials, arrested seed distributor, activist and magazine publisher Marc Emery and two associates on July 29 on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana seeds, conspiracy to distribute
Canadian authorities, acting at the behest of U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials, arrested seed distributor, activist and magazine publisher Marc Emery and two associates on July 29 on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana seeds, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to engage in money laundering, following an 18-month investigation. The self-proclaimed "Prince of Pot" was nabbed prior to a speaking engagement in Nova Scotia, while Michelle Rainey-Fenkarek, financial agent of the BC Marijuana party he founded, and Gregory Keith Williams, an employee of his Pot-TV website, were simultaneously taken into custody in Vancouver -- home to Marc Emery Seeds since 1994. All three have since been released on bail by Canadian judges, but continue to face extradition to the United States for trial, where the ringleader would face a minimum of 10 years in prison, and possibly life.

Canadian and U.S. citizens alike should be outraged at this arrogant intrusion by American authorities into the affairs of Canada. In the midst of fighting two wars overseas, it’s unconscionable that over 50 American federal agents spent millions to combat the "threat" of seeds. Canadians especially must wonder at their status as a sovereign nation in the face of interference from south of the border, particularly the DEA's bid to have three Canadian citizens tried and potentially imprisoned by the American justice system for crimes allegedly committed in Canada (where cannabis seed sales are tolerated).

HIGH TIMES stands with those accused and against the DEA. Check below for the latest updates on this breaking story.

by Cannabis Culture Website
Thursday Aug 4th, 2005 5:16 PM
Emery and Williams still in jail
by Dana Larsen (04 Aug, 2005)

Marc and his employee Greg remain incarcerated after 6 nights.

Marc, speaking in Muncton last summer
Marc, speaking in Muncton last summer
As of this writing on the morning of August 4, Marc Emery and his employee Greg Williams are beginning their seventh day of incarceration, and are still struggling to meet their bail requirements.

Many media outlets have reported that Emery's bail had been set at $50,000, and Williams' was set at $25,000, and that both were released yesterday. However, this is incorrect.

It is true that Emery's bail was set at $50,000. However, of this, only $10,000 could be paid with a cash deposit, while the other $40,000 must be provided in the form of four $10,000 "surities" from homeowners, living in BC, who know Emery personally.

Williams' bail conditions are the same, but the amounts are all halved to $5,000.

To make it more complex, all those offering surities must appear in person at the Vancouver courthouse at the same time to file their paperwork.

Most of Emery and Williams' families do not live in BC. And anyone who has worked for any of Emery's various legal operations is also barred from offering bail. So it has proven difficult to quickly arrange the people willing, able and available to provide themselves and the needed paperwork.

Once Emery and Williams are released, they will still have a number of other bail conditions imposed upon them. Of course they will not be allowed to sell marijuana seeds, nor to be involved with or communicate about pot seeds in any way at all. However, they will be allowed to return to the BC Marijuana Party store and Cannabis Culture office, and to continue selling books and bongs and publishing the magazine.

If you live in BC and think you could qualify to help Marc Emery and Greg Williams make bail, please call the BC Marijuana Bookshop at 604-684-2803.