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By Hempology | August 23, 2005

Regarding Marijuana Laws In Canada And Marc Emery’s Extradition.

It’s time to force our government to pick a side of the marijuana debate and dedicate it immediately, unapologetically and once and for all. One side or the other. Do we recognize this substance as a harmful drug that is responsible for all the pain and suffering that the United States government tells the world? Or do we acknowledge that marijuana is, at the very least harmless and potentially with some great medicinal benefits?

As it is, our government is unable or unwilling to choose a definitive side. London, Ont. native and prince of pot, Marc Emery, has been commended for this activism by judges, national politicians and the current Vancouver mayor. His business has been recommended by the Health Ministry to those who need marijuana seeds for medical purposes.

At the same time, Emery has been arrested and vilified for the promotion of cannabis and its related paraphernalia. The few assets he has kept from his million-dollar seed empire have been seized on a number of occasions. Fortunately most of the money made from his business has gone into legal fees for other marijuana defendants in North America, his drug rehabilitation centre in Vancouver and various political parties supposedly supporting cannabis law reformation, and thus not subject to seizure by the police. However this political activist is now fighting extradition to the United States where he will spend the rest of his life in a maximum-security prison. Irwin Cotler, the current justice minister who enabled the extradition proceedings against Emery, has recently stated that marijuana legalization is just not a priority to him.

Meanwhile thousands of Canadians are suffering fines and even prison terms for doing what they believe should be their own choice. Thousands of sick people struggle to find marijuana to ease their pain. It is up to Canadian citizens to speak up and make legalization a priority. Help our timid government make a bold and definitive stance on the status of marijuana. Either we stand by the American war on drugs, or we stand on our own.

If the average citizen were to stand up and be counted for his or her opinion on the issue, Emery would not be in danger of spending his life in an American prison for having to stand alone.

You may write to Justice Minister Irwin Cotler in regards to cannabis reformation at:

The Honourable Irwin Cotler Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada 284 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON K1A 0H8

Stephen Brown – Woodstock

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