Extradition hearing put off until Feb. 6
Rafe Arnott/metro vancouver
Cannabis activist Marc Emery appeared briefly in B.C. Supreme Court yesterday, where his extradition hearing was rescheduled to Feb. 6 as negotiations continue for a possible plea deal.
Since his high-profile arrest in July 2005 the "Prince of Pot" has been preparing for his inevitable imprisonment. At best, he could receive five years, split between Canadian and American prisons. At worst, Emery is facing a life sentence with no possibility of parole served entirely in a U.S. prison.
"My biggest concerns now are seeing if I can put everything in order before I get sent off," said Emery, 49. "I’m mostly planning how things will be, making sure my wife can cope when I’m gone."
Emery married Jodie Giesz-Ramsay, 23, in 2006. He has never been to the U.S., but was arrested in July 2005 in Halifax on American charges of drug trafficking and money laundering for selling marijuana seeds over the Internet to Americans. He sold up to $250,000 each month, with an estimated 75 per cent of the seeds going to the U.S.
The case has drawn international attention, with many Emery supporters calling it an outsourcing of the justice system to a country with draconian punishments.