VANCOUVER, BC — The United States government has approved a prisoner transfer application for Mar Emery, a Canadian marijuana activist serving a five year sentence in a US federal prison for selling marijuana seeds over the internet to fund efforts to legalize marijuana.
Emery’s wife, Jodie, said she was informed of the approval by email Wednesday afternoon, shortly after speaking to her husband over the phone.
“It’s great news that the US Department of Justice has approved Marc’s transfer home,” Jodie Emery told Cannabis Culture, a magazine Emery founded. “I hope the Canadian Conservative government quickly approves the paperwork on their end so it becomes official and Marc can come home to Canada.”
The prisoner transfer must still be approved by Canadian authorities before Emery, known as the “Prince of Pot,” would be eligible to return to Canada.
Emery was sentenced to five years in US federal prison for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, and is serving his sentence at the Yazoo City Federal Correctional Complex in Mississippi.
Emery was indicted in 2005, but wasn’t extradited to the United States until 2010, when the Canadian government refused to let him serve his sentence in his home country.
It is not clear if Emery would be released upon his return to Canada, or if he would serve the remainder of his sentence in a Canadian jail.
Emery has a tentative early release date of July 9, 2014, but if his transfer to Canadian authorities is approved, he could be home before Christmas.
Emery’s last request to be moved to a Canadian prison was rejected in 2011.