He has sold millions of marijuana seeds around the world through the internet over the past decade. And while the Canadian government was fully aware of his business and did not have any problems with it (they happily collected taxes on his income), the DEA wasn’t so tolerant and decided to arrest him and ask Canada to extradite him.
Emery was arrested in summer 2005 at the behest of the U.S. government, who wanted to extradite him for selling seeds to Americans.
Earlier this year Marc cut a deal with the US government to keep two of his friends and former employees from prison.
Some more facts that prove the idiocy of his arrest and extradition:
- Marc Emery is a Canadian citizen who never went to the USA as a seed seller.
- Marc Emery operated his seed business in Canada at all times, with no American branches or employees.
- Marc Emery declared his income from marijuana seed sales on his income tax, and paid over $580,000 to the Federal and Provincial governments from 1999 to 2005.
- Marc Emery has never been arrested or convicted of manufacturing or distributing marijuana in Canada, as he only sold seeds.
- Marc Emery gave away all of the profits from his seed business to drug law reform lobbyists, political parties, global protests and rallies, court litigation, medical marijuana initiatives, drug rehabilitation clinics, and other legitimate legal activities and organizations.
Read more on Marc's website CannabisCulture.