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Canada acting as arm of U.S. drug war by staying charges, lawyer says
Date: Monday, January 09 2006

January 5, 2006

Canada acting as arm of U.S. drug war by staying charges, lawyer says


VANCOUVER (CP) - A lawyer for pot activist Marc Emery says the federal government's decision not to proceed with drug charges against his client clears the way for his possible extradition to the United States and means the federal government is kowtowing to the Americans.

Kirk Tousaw was commenting on the recent stay of three conspiracy charges filed against Emery by a private citizen to thwart the United States' efforts to extradite him to that country for distributing marijuana seeds to Americans by mail.

David McCann filed the charges last September, saying it would be hypocritical of Canada to participate in U.S. officials' efforts to prosecute Emery for activities condoned here for years.

Tousaw said the extradition wouldn't have gone ahead if Emery, along with his co-accused, Michelle Rainey-Fenkarek and Greg Keith Williams, were prosecuted in Canada.

"I'm concerned when our government acts as an arm of the U.S. drug war and has an opportunity to reassert Canadian sovereignty but refused to do so," Tousaw said. "I think all Canadians should be concerned about that."

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