The Honourable Rob Nicholson
Senior Minister of Justice
105 East Block
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Dear Minister Nicholson,
I am writing to express dismay that the Canadian government has apparently blocked a sentencing deal negotiated between Mr. Marc Emery and the U.S. government. According to media reports, both Mr. Emery and the U.S. government have agreed to a deal that would see Mr. Emery serve a 5 year prison sentence, most of it in Canada, for charges arising from Mr. Emery’s mail-order distribution of marijuana seeds to the U.S.
While it is already unjust that Mr. Emery will be serving a multi-year prison sentence for activities apparently not considered worthy of prosecution by Canadian authorities, it is doubly problematic that the Canadian government has become the primary obstacle to a negotiated resolution of this case.
What possible harm is there in Mr. Emery serving most of his sentence in Canada, when it is my understanding that even U.S. authorities have agreed to this deal? In lieu of any other plausible explanation, it appears that the Conservative government is taking this position because of their own unrealistic, ideologically-driven approach to drug policy.
I strongly urge the government to reconsider its position on this case, and quickly reach an agreement with Mr. Emery and his legal team.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
M.P. Vancouver East
C.C. The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister; Joe Comartin, NDP Justice Critic