Pubdate: Thu, 04 Aug 2005
Source: Edmonton Journal (CN AB)
Copyright: 2005 The Edmonton Journal
Author: Clayton O'Bear
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Emery, Marc)


I am writing to protest the illegal arrest and detention of the 
leader of one of Canada's political parties.

Marc Emery, of the British Columbia Marijuana Party, has been 
arrested for behaviour that Canadians have repeatedly determined is 
not a crime. This is a charter violation; to even consider sending a 
political prisoner to stand trial in the United States to face a 
possible 47- year sentence without having broken any Canadian law is 
an international human rights violation.

Washington's spurious claim that Emery committed a crime by selling 
seeds to Americans, who may have used them for illegal purposes, 
implicates the Canadian government, which has knowingly allowed Emery 
to operate and has collected tax revenue from this business for a decade.

Canadians within Canada are not subject to U.S. law.

This is the most important sovereignty issue Canada has faced in many 
years. I can only hope that public outrage will help protect us from 
Washington's rule.

Clayton O'Bear, Edmonton
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