[Ibogaine] Emery seized by Forces of Satan; Sacrament of Transition Declares Him Martyr and Candidate for Sainthood
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Sun Jul 31 22:58:44 EDT 2005
In 1981 in Florida a friend of mine was caught at school with seeds but no pot- the police could not arrest him because seeds were not illegal.
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From: Ron Davis
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In Federal Court in the US, the accused is prosecuted on the yield of the seeds. A handful of seeds is tantamount to hundreds of kilos of reefer...end result, life sentence unless one rollsover. Bill of Rights, scratch it. Sentencing guidelines handcuff judges and the US attorney gets to play god.ron
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I can do that, you know.
North American Apostolic Delegate, Sacrament of Transition
EMERY EMPIRE RAIDED AT REQUEST OF UNITED STATES
Cannabis activist and two others arrested
By Jennifer Garner
Canadian police acting under orders from US officials raided the
headquarters of the British Columbia Marijuana Party (BCMP) in Vancouver
today (Friday, July 22).
The search warrants were authorized at the highest levels of the
provincial government in concert with a cross-border US-Canada law
enforcement pact authorized by the a US-authored Mutual Legal Assistance
in Criminal Matters treaty (MLAT) between the US and Canada.
The US has issued extradition orders for Marc Emery, who was arrested
while traveling in Halifax to a hemp festival, as well as two others who
work with Emery on television productions and other endeavours.
American officials accuse Emery of “a conspiracy to produce marijuana
and distribute marijuana seeds, and money laundering.”
The DEA and other agencies are claiming that by selling seeds to
pot-growing Americans, Emery is engaged in a criminal enterprise with
"Their activities resulted in the growing of tens of thousands of
marijuana plants in America,” claims US federal attorney Jeff Sullivan.
“[Emery] was involved, allegedly, in an illegal distribution of
marijuana in [the United States.] He is a drug dealer.”
Vancouver police armed with a search warrant raided the legendary store
in the heart of Vancouver’s “Vansterdam” district.
Chris Bennett, manager of Pot-TV who was onsite when the BCMP center was
raided today, said he is particularly angry that Canadian police were
acting as enforcers of American drug laws.
“They're taking him down to face charges in the United States of
America, where sentences are much harsher that one would face in
Canada," said Bennett.
Emery has been arrested for marijuana-related “crimes” many times
before, but those other arrests involved local Canadian charges and
jurisdictions. Today’s charges are far more serious because they involve
US federal laws that stipulate mandatory minimum sentences of 20 years
Last year, Emery served 90 days in a Saskatoon, Canada jail for passing
American officials are seeking Emery's extradition, which could take six
months to a year. If they do seek to extradite him, he will become
another high-profile cannabis activist seeking to fight off American
attempts to prosecute him.
Renee Boje, whose husband works for Emery at BCMP, has been fighting for
years to quash a US extradition order that seeks to take her from Canada
to face prosecution for cannabis in America. Her legal costs have been
funded by Emery.
According to witnesses, police have chained the BCMP doors, put barriers
on the windows, and are dismantling the store to seize business records,
seeds, computers, and other materials.
The raid took place at 11 am. As of late Friday afternoon, there was no
official statement from Emery or any of those arrested with him.
If past behavior is any indication, however, Emery is likely to be
unrepentant, and will fight the charges and extradition vigorously in
front of judges and in the court of public opinion.
The law enforcement treaty (MLAT) that snared Emery and his compatriots
is part of a global American network of treaties allowing the US to use
foreign police agents to investigate and arrest foreign citizens.
MLAT’s help the US to violate civil rights protections and other
constitutional protections that would normally be afforded to citizens
by their own countries.
The first US bilateral MLAT entered into force with Switzerland in 1977.
The treaties are seen as a powerful tool of US foreign policy and
hegemony. Dozens of countries have entered into MLAT’s with the US since
1977, and the treaties are seen as a way for US police and prosecutors
to arrest people no matter where they live, and even if they are not
guilty of a serious crime in their home country.
The treaties favor prosecutors and police, and make it virtually
impossible for defense attorneys to advocate for clients snared by MLAT
MLAT’s have been criticized in other countries. Critics say US MLAT
actions against foreigners violate international law, compromise human
rights, and violate national sovereignty.
The Irish Human Rights Commission has complained about a US-Ireland MLAT
that allows CIA agents to secretly question Irish citizens on Irish soil.
The MLAT signed by Minister for Justice Michael McDowell and the US
Ambassador to Ireland James Kenny, gives sweeping powers to US
authorities operating in foreign countries, including the right to seize
documents, check bank accounts and carry out searches of property.
The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said it would be examining the
agreement, which was pushed through with the promise that it would only
be used to assist the US “war on terror.”
Human rights activists in Ireland are particularly concerned that
interrogations can be carried out in secret, and that the costs of CIA
operations in Ireland will be paid by Irish taxpayers.
The cross-border MLAT efforts sometimes involve enforcement of the
United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and
Psychotropic Substances that was finalized worldwide on November 11, 1990.
It is possible that Emery and his associates would be charged with
violating this Convention. In past years, UN officials have condemned
Emery by name.
The raids leave many questions unanswered.
Although Emery is the highest profile marijuana activist in the world,
who publicly airs reality television shows portraying all aspects of
marijuana culture and who hosts marijuana connoisseur events like the
Toker’s Bowl, he is by far not the only person selling marijuana seeds
across international boundaries.
Vansterdam insiders note that while police were raiding Emery’s store on
West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver, other marijuana seed
businesses were still open for business, and people were smoking
marijuana while watching the raid.
The issue of selective prosecution is also raised by insiders who note
that US and Canadian officials are aware of massive cross-border
organized crime operations that involve guns, hard drugs, and other
illegality on a scale that dwarfs Emery’s marijuana seed business. And
yet it’s Emery, who donates all the money he earns to non-profit
pro-marijuana causes, who is targeted in an unprecedented raid ordered
by the US.
Protesters are on hand at Emery’s store in Vancouver. The man who has
provided bail money, attorneys, and other support for so many marijuana
arrestees now finds himself in the clutches of the US government which
he, his magazine, and his website so accurately describe as a
totalitarian and imperialist hit squad.
For the man who is often called “The Prince of Pot,” today’s arrest is
the ultimate showdown.
After leaving jail last year, Emery said, “Once you get over your fear
of whatever they can do to you, you become empowered to just live as if
marijuana is legal, without much concern for the consequences they
threaten you with. Whatever they do to me- arrest, incarceration, even
if they kill me- it’s not going to make me live in fear. We’re going to
continue to show them that marijuana should be legal, that our culture
is harmless and vibrant, and that it is the drug war, not the cannabis
culture, which threatens public order and safety.
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