It's official: Marc Emery has been sold down the river by Canada to become a political prisoner in the United States.
Emery's prosecution and extradition are indeed politically motivated, as DEA boss Karen Tandy admits in this 2005 press release:
Today's DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group -- is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement.Vancouver Sun: Prince of Pot Marc Emery extradited to U.S.
His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today.
Emery and his organization had been designated as one of the Attorney General's most wanted international drug trafficking organizational targets -- one of only 46 in the world and the only one from Canada.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery's illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.
CBC News: Pot activist Marc Emery on way to U.S. prison
Seattle Times: 'Prince of Pot' to plead guilty to federal charge
Canada has extradition treaties with 50 other countries. Who will be next up to bat?