On Sunday 60 Minutes is expected to run its story about Marc Emery, the Canadian cannabis seed dealer and political activist who was arrested last summer in Halifax at the behest of the U.S. government, which wants to extradite him so he can be tried for selling seeds to Americans. The arrest prompted complaints that the U.S. is trying to impose its harsher drug laws on Canada, where marijuana seed (and paraphernalia) dealers operate openly. Emery himself had been in business for a decade. As for why U.S. drug warriors singled him out, DEA Administrator Karen Tandy's statement after his arrest was revealing:
Today's arrest of Mark [sic] Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine and the founder of a marijuana legalization group, is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery's illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.