New Full-length Documentary Argues Extradition of Marc Emery Would Violate Canada's Extradition Act
April 21, 2010 by Paul McKeever
Ontario lawyer Paul McKeever today released the second part of his two-part documentary about the Canadian “Prince of Pot”, Marc Emery. Titled “The Principle of Pot”, the release of Part 2 is timed to precede and to inform a decision by Canada’s federal Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson, about whether or not to approve the extradition of Emery to the United States. If extradited, Emery faces five years of imprisonment in the USA for having sold cannabis seeds. Emery mailed seeds to Americans from Vancouver, Canada, via Canada Post. The Minister’s decision is expected by May 10, 2010.
McKeever opposes Emery’s extradition, and says extraditing Emery would be a violation of Canada’s Extradition Act. “Anyone who watches Part 2 of The Principle of Pot will clearly understand that the USA is seeking Emery’s extradition because of the political nature of his cannabis seed campaign”, says McKeever. “In my view, even if someone were somehow to doubt that the USA seeks to imprison Emery because of his political influence, Emery’s political beliefs and conduct would at the very least result in him being prejudiced in any American court. In either case, the Extradition Act prohibits the Justice Minister from extraditing Emery, and I explain that more fully in The Principle of Pot (Part 2).”
Emery’s opponents, and the U.S. authorities who demanded his arrest in Halifax, have attempted to portray Emery as a profit-motivated drug dealer. “The Principle of Pot” demonstrates that Marc Emery was at all times carrying out political campaigns. Part 1 of McKeever’s documentary demonstrated that Emery was an individual freedom activist long before getting involved in the marijuana legalization issue. Part 2 goes deep into Emery’s marijuana-related activism, explains the surprising origins of his involvement in the marijuana legalization issue, uncovers Emery’s widely misunderstood goal, and a gives a rare and revealing look at his behind-the-scenes master strategy and tactics.
McKeever commenced production of the two-part documentary in November of 2008. Being the result of countless hours of research, interviews, writing and editing, the video includes audio, video and textual information that has never been seen in any profile of Emery. Much of the audio and video having been drawn from the archives of Freedom Party of Ontario (with which Emery was active until 1990), it has never before been seen by the general public or media.
Part 2 has a run time of approximately 157 minutes. It has been broken into 6 parts for easier online watching. To watch all six consecutively, viewers should use the following URL:
The six parts can be viewed consecutively by going to the following Autoplay URL:
Links to all six parts can be found at the following Playlist URL: http://www.youtube.com/user/PaulMcKeever#grid/user/28E1BAEA38B29924
Paul McKeever’s Youtube Channel URL is: http://www.youtube.com/paulmckeever
Part 2-1: “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”; marijuana book censorship; The 2 Live Crew (cont’d); why marijuana was made illegal; a failed strategy; Sunday shopping success; good bye London, hello India; from civil disobedience to civil rights movement; millions of law-breakers: the oppression of the marijuana people; morality and heroism: Roark versus Jesus; the Howard Roark of Cannabis?; facts versus warmth and sensitivity; “seething hatred for the state”; Jesus of Nazareth.
Part 2-2: 1994-2001 – Emery’s Plan; Hemp BC; Cannabis Canada; U.S. interference; Cannabis Culture; raids on Hemp BC; Marc Emery Direct seeds; Pot TV; Cannabis Culture; Marijuana Party of Canada; BC Marijuana Party; Vansterdam.
Part 2-3: Iboga Therapy House; 2002 Vancouver Mayoral election; 2002 Canadian Senate Report on Marijuana; Emery visits the U.S Drug Czar; 2003: the summer of legalization and the winter of our discontent; the hand-off.
Part 2-4: from abstract principles to concrete allegations of fact; a liar with guns; the NDP, socialism, and libertarianism; 90 days imprisonment for passing a joint; the bible, the Christians, and the marijuana people; prophesy and destiny.
Part 2-5: 2005 raid on Marc Emery’s Cannabis Culture HQ; arrest of Marc Emery, Michelle Rainey, and Greg Williams; U.S. DEA Extradition request; plea deals; North Fraser Pre-Trial; 2010 Olympics; Scott Reid, Libby Davies, and Ujjal Dosanjh petitions in the House of Commons / Parliament; Stephen Harper on YouTube; marijuana legalization; death of Jack Herer.
Part 2-6: the issues facing Canada’s Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson, as he makes his decision about whether or not to extradite Marc Emery to the United States of America; analysis of Emery’s 20 year strategy, including its philosophical and practical implications.