In a surprise development, Marc Emery, "The Prince Of Pot," was extradited to the United States to face charges on conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to engage in money laundering. The extradition order was signed today by Canada's Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson after Emery turned himself in to Canadian Authorities.
The charges are in connection with his Vancouver, British Columbia-based seed-selling business. Emery has been out on bail since Nov. 17, when he was released from custody while he awaited this final decision.
Emery reached a plea deal with U.S. prosecutors last year, agreeing to serve a five year sentence in exchange for pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana.
Emery's wife, Jodie Emery, was not expecting this result. "It's the worst option. We didn't even entertain it as an option," she said. "I'm just stunned." Marc Emery has long maintained that he was targeted for political reasons. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has repeatedly denied that.
We at THE Weed Blog will be watching the situation closely and will update the situation as more details emerge.
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