After serving a 1,590 day U.S. prison sentence for charges of being a prolific illegal drug dealer, Marc Emery is set to be deported back to Canada as early as Tuesday.
The 56-year-old Vancouverite was deemed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as the largest distributor of marijuana seeds to American customers. He sold seeds to Americans through his Vancouver-based mail-order company.
Upon the request of American officials, in 2009 he was extradited to by Canadian officials and later pleaded guilty to a Seattle judge for one count of “conspiracy to manufacture marijuana”.
He had previously argued that his businesses’s profits were used to support marijuana legalization activism and lobbyism. Supporters of Emery have held rallies against his extradition, claiming that politics and not justice was the reason behind his imprisonment.
He was released from a Mississippi prison on July 9, but has been staying at an immigration facility in Louisiana ever since. A temporary passport will be issued for Emery, who will then fly to Detroit or Windsor before returning home to Vancouver. There will be no restrictions when he crosses the U.S.-Canada border.
Emery and his wife Jodie plan on embarking on a cross-country tour next month in an attempt to rally further support for the campaign to legalize marijuana and unseat Stephen Harper’s federal Conservative party ahead of the upcoming 2015 election.
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