Nonviolent pot prisoners like Canada’s Prince of Pot, Marc Emery, could be released after serving only half their time.
This bill would “amend the federal criminal code to direct the Bureau of Prisons, pursuant to a good time policy, to release a prisoner who has served one half or more of his or her term of imprisonment if that prisoner: (1) has attained age 45; (2) has never been convicted of a crime of violence; and (3) has not engaged in any violation, involving violent conduct, of institutional disciplinary regulations.”
The former U.S. district attorney who prosecuted B.C. marijuana activist Marc Emery in a cross-border sting is calling for the legalization and taxation of pot in Canada and the U.S.
John McKay, a former U.S. attorney for the western district of Washington State, was joined by Emery’s wife Jodie and former B.C. Attorney General Geoff Plant at a lecture in Vancouver on Wednesday.
McKay said he did not regret prosecuting Emery because he broke U.S. law, but he believes the war on pot has been a complete and total failure. He said the laws keeping pot illegal no longer serve any purpose, but allow gangs and cartels to generate billions in profits.
“I want to say this just as clearly and as forthrightly as I can, marijuana prohibition, criminal prohibition of marijuana is a complete failure,” McKay said.
Today I was in Vancouver and went to the 420 Day celebrations at the Art Gallery. This was the biggest celebration in the world and they think there were over 15,000 people there. There were a variety of great speakers including Jodie Emery and some great music acts. A huge cloud of smoke hung over the area and at the countdown to 4.20pm the whole crowd exhaled and grabbed their lighters.
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In the same week an Ontario court struck down Canada’s marijuana law, “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery was told he won’t be allowed a prison transfer and must serve his entire sentence in the U.S.
Kirk Tousaw, a Canadian lawyer for Emery, said authorities told his client in a letter received Friday that the U.S. government refused his transfer request due to the “seriousness of the offence” and “law enforcement concerns.”
Emery, who had been imprisoned in Georgia, pleaded guilty Sept. 10 in Seattle to selling marijuana seeds to Americans through his Vancouver-based catalogue company and was sentenced the same day to five years in prison.