Yes, The Case Against Marc Emery is Political

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In case anyone forgot, the U.S. Dept. of Justice is still trying to extradite famous Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery for selling marijuana seeds to American customers. But they want everyone to know that the case has nothing to do with his political views:

"We've been very clear it had nothing to do with Mr. Emery's political stand," said Emily Langlie of the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Seattle. [Forbes]

Seriously? Then what the hell did former DEA boss Karen Tandy mean when she said this?

"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." [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

There's no way to spin it and I can't imagine why they'd even bother trying. The DEA said it was political, so it's political. Lying about it now serves no purpose other than to tacitly acknowledge that political prosecutions are a bad thing.

The war on marijuana is considerably less popular than it was even a couple years ago when the crusade against Emery began. Now that the debate over marijuana laws is rapidly gaining acceptance in the political mainstream, the DEA's petty motivations for targeting Marc Emery have become such an embarrassment that federal prosecutors would rather lie shamelessly than admit what they're doing.

Under no circumstances will the prosecution of Marc Emery bring glory or even respect to the drug war trophy-hunters that undertook this obscene vendetta. The guy sold goddamn pot seeds on the internet and making a really big deal of out it will serve only to remind everyone that marijuana grows on trees. 
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Marc Emery

As a person who has had the pleasure of meeting and becoming (at least superficially) acquainted with Mr. Emery, I can attest to both his intelligence and his political acumen and fire with regard to the draconian laws surrounding the use of marijuana. Mr. Emery is often misguidedly portrayed as a self-serving and amoral stoner. He is neither. Marc is a dedicated, professional, and well-spoken individual (as are MANY pot smokers) with a passion for overthrowing laws that unnecessarily target otherwise upstanding, tax-paying citizens - doctors, nurses lawyers, teachers, soldiers, entertainers, construction workers, plumbers, salespeople, you name it - placing them in prisons with violent offenders, risking their safety, and often ruining their lives. It is time for this country (and every other nation as well,) to open their eyes and realize that about one in three American adults either smokes pot or doesn't care whether other people do. That's a lot of votes, my political friends. Keep it in mind. If all of us who have grown up with pot since the sixties (and therefore know darn well that it is, at the very least, significantly safer than alcohol,) started voting in one big-ass bloc, we could put a stop to this ridiculous (seriously, ABSURD) persecution of peaceful people who are doing nothing more than smoking the flowers of a common, everyday plant.

Give it a rest DEA; we're millions strong, and it's time we ended this witch hunt. The idea that any of us will be safer if Marc Emery is in jail is utterly and completely outside the realm of reason. The DEA isn't concerned about putting drug lords out of business; they're afraid that they themselves are going to be put out of business - talk about self-serving and amoral - and they're willing to destroy people's lives in order to keep getting that paycheck. Our country is deeply in debt and the drug war is just another losing battle. We can't afford it anymore. Let's stop now. Can't we all just get a bong?

Good Luck Marc

I am an american who has had the pleasure of meeting Marc on several occasions. I have to admit that when I met the "man", as I like to call him, I wasn't sure what to think of him. He seemed eccentric and and quite different from most people I have met. He's definately a very wise man and was very informative. It was a good time smoking in the back of the store;) I can't believe the lengths my country goes to prosecute people for things as this. It's absolutely terrible that Canada couldn't even tell the U.S. to back off and let the Canadian authorities handle it instead of the Baboons we call the DEA go storming in and busting up this huge Marijuana ring. How sad.....the only Marijuana that would even be there is personal smoke. The "man" sold seeds. Thats it.....I just hope the U.S. doesnt set him up in prison and he gets killed. They would like nothing else than to rid the world of a man who stands in there way. He has a powerful voice and captivating stature. Unfortunately the bravest of speakers and protesters are marks. My government has got their mark unfortunately. I wish you the best Marc. I know your strong and I hope your health holds up. I wish you the best and I will do what I can to help support the cause. Good luck;)

sovereignty...

...of Canada is at issue. Emery paid taxes for all revenues. How can Canada explain that?Something is up, the trial has been too long coming.

Marc Emery 2

If this man gets even one day in jail, we should declare Marc Emery Day, and march in every major city, of the land of the free!

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