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U.S. denies Prince of Pot Marc Emery transfer to Canadian prison
Date: Tuesday, April 26 2011
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By Ian Mulgrew



Canada's so-called "Prince of Pot" has been told he won't be allowed a prison transfer and must serve his entire sentence in the United States.


Kirk Tousaw, a Canadian lawyer for Vancouver resident Marc Emery, said American authorities told his client in a letter received Friday that the U.S. government refused his transfer on April 6 due to the "seriousness of the offence" and "law enforcement concerns."


He received the news in a federal holding institution in Oklahoma awaiting transfer to a prison in Mississippi.


Emery, who had been imprisoned in Georgia, pleaded guilty May 24 in Seattle to selling marijuana seeds to Americans through his Vancouver-based catalogue company and was sentenced to five years in prison.


Tousaw said he can re-apply for transfer to a Canadian institution again for two years.


Emery's wife Jodie was disheartened.


"There's nothing we can do at this point beyond asking for a presidential pardon in the U.S., which I'm going to start campaigning for, actually, because I have to do whatever I can to get Marc home," she said Friday. "We're both devastated to hear this news. The idea of him spending the next three or four years in the U.S. federal prison system for political activism financed by seed sales — sales that now happen legally across America every day — is sickening and heartbreaking,"


Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/denies+Prince+Marc+Emery+transfer+Canadian+prison/4624294/story.html#ixzz1KdoSZGFr


By Ian Mulgrew



Canada's so-called "Prince of Pot" has been told he won't be allowed a prison transfer and must serve his entire sentence in the United States.


Kirk Tousaw, a Canadian lawyer for Vancouver resident Marc Emery, said American authorities told his client in a letter received Friday that the U.S. government refused his transfer on April 6 due to the "seriousness of the offence" and "law enforcement concerns."


He received the news in a federal holding institution in Oklahoma awaiting transfer to a prison in Mississippi.


Emery, who had been imprisoned in Georgia, pleaded guilty May 24 in Seattle to selling marijuana seeds to Americans through his Vancouver-based catalogue company and was sentenced to five years in prison.


Tousaw said he can re-apply for transfer to a Canadian institution again for two years.


Emery's wife Jodie was disheartened.


"There's nothing we can do at this point beyond asking for a presidential pardon in the U.S., which I'm going to start campaigning for, actually, because I have to do whatever I can to get Marc home," she said Friday. "We're both devastated to hear this news. The idea of him spending the next three or four years in the U.S. federal prison system for political activism financed by seed sales — sales that now happen legally across America every day — is sickening and heartbreaking,"


Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/denies+Prince+Marc+Emery+transfer+Canadian+prison/4624294/story.html#ixzz1KdoSZGFr

 







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