Drug Law

Prison for "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery

| by Reason Foundation

By Jacob Sullum

Yesterday, as expected, Canadian cannabis activist Marc Emery, who was arrested in 2005 for selling marijuana seeds to Americans via the Internet, was transported from a Vancouver jail to a federal detention center near Seattle. After he appears before a judge, the self-anointed Prince of Pot will begin serving a five-year prison term, a much harsher penalty than he would have received in Canada, where many vendors openly sell marijuana seeds with little or no legal trouble. CBC News reports that Emery, who seems to have been targeted by American drug warriors for political reasons, "is expecting to return to Canada to serve his sentence."

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