2008 Karen Selick
An edited version of this article first appeared in the January 2, 2008 issue of the National Post.
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An Open Letter to Rob Nicholson,
Dear Mr. Nicholson,
On January 21, 2008 an extradition hearing
will begin in
Should Marc be extradited to the U.S? The Canadian court will almost certainly say
yes. It has little choice under the Extradition Act.
Marc openly admits selling marijuana seeds over
the internet to customers around the world, including the
That’s where you come in, Mr. Justice Minister. Once the court has ruled, the Extradition Act gives you discretion to refuse to surrender Marc if it “would be unjust or oppressive having regard to all the relevant circumstances.”
Here are some of the circumstances you might
From 1999 until he was arrested in 2005, Marc declared on his income tax return that his occupation was “marijuana seed vendor”. He paid $578,000 in income taxes into federal and B.C. government coffers. He gave Canada Revenue Agency access to his bank statements and explained all his cash flows to them. The CRA graciously accepted his money without ever taking any action to put a stop to all this criminal activity.
If you believe that all Canadians benefit
from taxes being collected
and governments spending that tax money (I don’t, but most Canadians
do), then logically
you will have to concede that Marc has been a huge benefactor to the
As for the money laundering charge, maybe all Canadians should face U.S. indictments for having conspired with Marc to transform Americans’ outlays on recreational drugs into Canadian outlays on health care, roads, schools, etc.
Marc has helped Canadians in other ways,
For eight years, Marc sent every federal
Parliament a free subscription to his magazine Cannabis Culture. Every issue included a copy of his seed
catalogue. Every single MP and all of
their office staff turned a blind eye to his activities, just as Canada
Agency and Health
The prohibition against selling marijuana
But there’s more. Go
to any internet search engine and enter “marijuana seeds”. You’ll find
seed vendors still operating without prosecution in
I think the answer is obvious. The so-called
taken a principled, public stand against the
The Extradition Act requires you, Mr.
Justice Minister, to
refuse to surrender a person if the request for extradition is “made
purpose of prosecuting or punishing the person by reason of
opinion….” Please consider Marc’s long
of idealistic activism and tell the
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January 30, 2008