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By Hempology | December 16, 2005

Marijuana Party President Not Planning To Run

The president of the B.C. Marijuana Party is free to campaign in the upcoming federal election.

Marc Emery, who appeared in B.C. Supreme Court Thursday to set a date for his extradition trial to the U.S. for allegedly selling marijuana seeds over the Internet, will be allowed to campaign in January’s federal election, ruled Associate Chief Justice Patrick Dohm. Dohm said if Emery wishes to participate in the election he should first discuss with his counsel, and should not advocate the sale of marijuana seeds.

Emery, who ran as the leader of the B.C. Marijuana Party in May’s provincial election in Fort Langley-Aldergrove against then-solicitor general Rich Coleman, said he has no intention of running in the 2006 federal election, but will campaign for Svend Robinson, the NDP candidate in Vancouver-Centre.

Contacted yesterday, Robinson said he welcomed Emery’s support. Further, he called the attempt to extradite the B.C. Marijuana Party Leader “appalling” and a “judicial attack on Canadian sovereignty.”

Emery said his party is “fully endorsing” the NDP in the campaign, “it’s the best thing our people could do.”

Emery, who was arrested July 29 in Nova Scotia, faces extradition to the U.S. on charges of conspiracy to launder money and to manufacture and distribute marijuana seeds.

He expects the actual extradition trial to take place between September and December of 2006.

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