Free Marc Emery!! Canada's Prince of Pot Has Begun His Journey Into America's Gulag

Marc Emery is no longer a free man. Canada's Prince of Pot was taken into custody today. He turned himself in at the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver, and is now jailed in Vancouver awaiting imminent extradition to the US, where he is set to plead guilty to one count of marijuana distribution for selling pot seeds over the Internet. Emery is expected to be sentenced to five years in federal prison in the US for his seed sales. He sold millions of seeds in the decade prior to his 2005 arrest and became a leading hemispheric advocate for marijuana legalization, using the profits from his seed sales to fund reformers across the continent. He also called out then drug czar John Walters for lying about marijuana and interfering in Canadian domestic politics, leading then DEA head Karen Tandy to issue this press release lauding his arrest as a blow to the legalization movement:
Today's DEA arrest of Marc Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and the founder of a marijuana legalization group -- is a signficant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the U.S. and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement. His marijuana trade and propagandist marijuana magazine have generated nearly $5 million a year in profits that bolstered his trafficking efforts, but those have gone up in smoke today. Emery and his organization had been designated as one of the Attorney General's most wanted international drug trafficking organizational targets -- one of only 46 in the world and the only one from Canada. 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 Canda. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.
Can you say politically motivated? I knew you could. One American attorney familiar with his case told me this weekend that Emery could have fought the prosecution and sought to have shown that it was unlawfully politically motivated, but that Emery and his Canadian legal team didn't want to take that risk. That's understandable, given that Emery was looking at decades or even life in prison if he lost. Now, America's legions of unknown marijuana martyrs are being joined by one very big name. Let's hope that Emery's unjust imprisonment turns a spotlight on the hideousness of a US federal legal system that turns a blind eye to torture but cages a man for selling pot seeds. The Vancouver Sun's Ian Mulgrew sums it up nicely in an op-ed piece entitled Marc Emery's Sentence Reeks of Injustice and Mocks Our Sovreignty:
After two decades as Canada's Prince of Pot, Marc Emery will surrender himself today in B.C. Supreme Court and become the country's first Marijuana Martyr. Emery will begin serving what could be as long as five years behind bars as Uncle Sam's prisoner for a crime that in Canada would have earned him at most a month in the local hoosegow. It is a legal tragedy that in my opinion marks the capitulation of our sovereignty and underscores the hypocrisy around cannabis. Emery hasn't even visited America but he was arrested in July 2005 at the request of a Republican administration that abhorred his politics. He is being handed over to a foreign government for an activity we are loath to prosecute because we don't think selling seeds is a major problem. There are at least a score of seed-sellers downtown and many, many more such retail outlets across the country. In the days ahead, once the federal justice minister signs the extradition papers, Emery will be frog-marched south to Seattle where his plea bargain will be rubber-stamped and he will be sent to a U.S. penitentiary. For comparison, consider that the B.C. Court of Appeal last year said a one-month jail sentence plus probation was appropriate punishment for drug and money-laundering offences of this ilk. The last time Emery was convicted in Canada of selling pot seeds, back in 1998, he was given a $2,000 fine.
There's more at the link above, but you get the gist. Mulgrew, of course, is right on the money. The Canadian government has shamefully failed to protect one of its citizens from the crazed drug war machine south of the border, and the US government is shamelessly imprisoning yet another non-violent pot person--this time mainly to shut him up. We should demand that Marc Emery and all other marijuana prisoners be immediately released. Short of that, we should, as Emery requests, demand that he be allowed to serve his time at home in a Canadian prison.
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Marc Emery = Martyr

"One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law."
Martin Luther King Jr.

Republikan Party of Kanada

This latest chapter in the yet unwritten book known as Marc Emery goes straight to the heart of what I've been shouting for longer than I can remember--directed at anyone who cares to listen.

Isn't it high time we started erecting our own fence along our entire Southern Border--it can't be high enough to suit my needs--that meaning Yankee Stay Home--these 'has-beaners' will stop at nothing to undermine Canadian Sovreignty, rape our resources and foul our environment--last time I looked we didn't need their help picking our OIL!

Build a wall--a Great Wall-- it has worked before to hold barbarians at bay. Start protecting a culture still worth saving--next time an election rears its ugly head--fight back by showing Harper and his repugnant Republikans the gate and kick their sorry asses back to the Land o' Lincoln where they belong.

Vote with your hearts--and please VOTE--it's the only language they understand--you know in your hearts who is part of the problem--why can't the solution be just as obvious?

You know this isn't even about dope friends--you are witness to the very real systematic undermining of your Sovreignty-- the subsequent sucking of our collective souls. You thought they just wanted the water and oil, eh?

Some of us see it sooner--we're striking back--won't you join us.Aw! C'mon--it'll be fun--think of it this way--you could be the next Marc Emery.

If you are alone and vulnerable please don't shout too effectively, though--you will be the next one for sure--it's how the game is played.

It ain't over--'til its over

Marc Emery's extradition is a fraud

Marc Emery's impending extradition is a fraud, and our fawning government is complicit.

In 2003, the US government acquired a patent for cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectors. http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/6630507/description.html. This is an explicit confirmation of its recognition as medicine.

While the DEA was investigating Marc Emery for the sole purpose of his extradition, and since they've been lying through their teeth that Cannabis has no accepted medical value. Not accepted by them.

Canada handing over Emery is one of many cases of the increasing erosion of our sovereignty. Look up the Const. David Laing or the White Rock cases.

The US and Canadian governments are complicit in hate crimes and genocide against the Cannabis culture.

Cannabis is the most studied medicinal plant on Earth. Hundreds of patents have been issued to universities and pharmaceutical companies.

The darker side of human nature is behind prohibition, as they relentlessly seek to control us. This predatory cult is getting overgrown.

Marc Emery - A Sad Day

This story made me ill just to read it!! I may babble a tad, but bear with me.....

I have been following Marc's journey for awhile now and was disgusted by our Government's "pussy-stance" on the whole matter. Factor in that the Members of Parliament have been recieving his seed catalog (in his Cannibis focussed magazine) for YEARS...ALOT OF YEARS! This arrest/conviction comes NOW?? I wonder just how many Parliament members ordered their own seeds from Marc himself?? It would be interesting to find out! He had also ALWAYS listed his occupation as "seed seller" on his Tax forms.....and paid almost $5 million dollars TO THE GOVERNMENT in taxes. NOW they want to incarcerate him?

Marijunana is illegal - such a joke! The medicinal qualities alone cure over 200 ailments! Rick Simpson, a "Medicinal Marijuana" activist also faced the same harsh punishments.

Marijuana is illegal. Yet if we go back in time, it was the #1 cash crop in the WORLD. WORLD, people!
If you don't know your history - look it up! I believe it was pre WWI it was illegal. During the war, the Government found it made them more money so it was suddenly good again. Once the war ended (or they got enough money) - it was suddenly outlawed yet again. Make up your mind! Now they slap "Medicinal" on it to be sure the public now knows it isn't THAT bad.

Honestly, if I smoked a joint, and an MS patient smoked one....the results from ingesting/inhaling the THC would be the same. You would physically see a change in the MS patient as he is PHYSICALLY affected. The other effects....exactly the same. There is no MEDICINAL MARIJUANA.....it is a "tag" we are fed to make it more acceptable. It's kind of like "Conspiracy Theory" these days - you cannot hear the word "Conspiracy" without immediately thinking "Theory" - and thus, all of the FACTUAL information we have on both Marijuana and Conspiracies are rendered negative. If you don't think you're leaders have an agenda....ohhhh they do!

The alcohol prohibition didn't work and this won't either. Marc Emery is another victim and something has to be done! People need to wake up!

I'm talking USE....not ABUSE of the plant. Seriously, I would rather be in a room with 1,000 pot smokers than whiskey drinkers! Marijuana has never killed anyone - has alcohol?? Hmmm.... People will always abuse things (as Joe Roagn once said, "People abuse cheeseburgers - does that mean we should make cheeseburgers illegal??" Let's frickin' wake up here.

There is a great video out there called, THE UNION - THE BUSINESS BEHIND GETTING HIGH." Isn't it funny to anyone else that the cops AND the drug dealers DO NOT want marijuana legalized?? Curious, isn't it? The money is far too good - so they keep doing it...which CREATES CRIME. Crime means we have to house these horrible creatures in...PRISONS! What is the #1 money maker in the United States these days? PRIVATE PRISONS. Wow...it all ties together. Lookit that....

De-criminalization seems so logical! If you can't PATENT A PLANT (and make money off of it - *ahem* drug companies) then it shouldn't be illegal to grow it either. It's one more way our personal freedoms are vanishing - and we are ALLOWING IT! Actually, the drug companies attempted to create "Marinol" - but they found they couldn't synthesize the plant the way Mother Nature so lovingly does. Thus, it wasn't as effective.....funny huh?? Look it up - MARINOL.

And why - during all of Marc Emery's public forums, people lighting up weren't arrested. The US (oh...sorry...The North American Union) is going to take alot more than just plants away....and they already have. A great man by the name of Marc Emery - someone who is standing up for what he KNOWS is right (and the smart people know it too....so does the Government but they aren't too smart it seems).

It is a very sad day for Marc Emery and those 'smart people' who know he is right- but it is a far sadder day for the future of Canada.

disgust

I`m ashamed to live in a country that pulls this kind of crap. To do this to another person is a larger crime than pot seeds ever could be . These nazi bastards should smoke a little weed and get a little look within themselves. Disregard last sentence there`s no grey matter there. If the weather was a little warmer I`d move to Canada tommorrow. Disregard last sentence. The wimps up there in the justice system would extradite me. Or it may be they only do this to there own citizens? I`m also ashamed of Canada for letting the US bully them. I always thought something was going on under the covers.

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Marc Emery. Canada`s Prince of Pot.

OK Yanks!
You win. You got our wimpy Conservative government to sell out Marc Emery. Let me inform you of a few ramifications of your successful extradition of one our most beloved public figures.
Our hatred for the U.S. will grow. Do you really need more people hating the U.S.? Especially your northern neighbours whom you could once consider friends?
Every second that he in U.S. custody will be filled with public discourse on the issue.
You have blindly, stupidly, given the Cannabis Movement a martyr!

Here's how a majority of Canadians feel about Americans.
We hate you. We think your laws and your penal system are the worst in the world.
Even after Emery is eventually let out of jail, this hatred of the U.S.will continue for generations.
You don't think we're going to let you "do" us and then just forget about it, do you?
This extradition is going to sour things for generations.
Think about how you Yanks would feel if some foreign power was going to extradite an American politician ... you would find it unacceptable. Well, we view Americans as an undereducated, brutal, and morally-inferior versions of ourselves.
I've even heard many Americans remark on how much more polite and civilized we are. Well. in our country we don't throw people in jail for cannabis when we're struggling with the fact that alcohol and tobacco are far more dangerous than cannabis. We were actively moving toward legalization. America said "no way".
America threatened Canada with border shut-downs unless we did what America said.
How do you think that makes the average Canadian feel about the average American?
You rolled right over our sovereignty to incarcerate one of our most beloved politicans.
Well, how would you feel?

Do not count on Canadian friendship!
That's going to be part of the cost of extraditing Emery.
America is a bully and Canada is a gutless coward.
Both countries claim to be the bastions of liberty and yet,in neither, are you free to smoke a joint. What better indicator of the fact that we are not free, and let us all thank Emery for pointing that out!

another damned yankee

I used to believe (as I was taught) that the usa was the greatest country in the world. Now not a day goes by that I don't shake my head and say "this country is fucked up"! We've got our priorities all screwed up. We profess to be a christian country. But it's rare to see a true act of christian love. There are good people here but they've been lied to and taught to bury their heads in the sand. The mainstream media is a farce. Most americans have no idea what's going on in the rest of the world. And they can't understand why the rest of the world hates us and that we are the laughingstock of the industrialized world. I'm 58 years old and I've been smoking pot for 40+ years. I can't believe that in all that time that attitudes towards pot haven't really changed that much. Of course we have California, Oregon, my state of Colorado and a few others who pay lip service to easing the pot laws. But the Feds are going to have a revolution on the capital steps before they change the drug laws in this country. I probably won't live to see it. So my Canadian friends, on behalf of those of us who are shackled to the antiquated mores and laws of this "great" country, I apologize for what has happened to the Prince of Pot. But although the tone of my missive is dark, I believe that good people will one day have their voices heard. I may not see it but I hope you will.

PRESS RELEASE: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP USMJPARTY!

News Press Release October, 2009

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO GO TO VERMONT AND
HELP GET THE
UNITED STATES MARIJUANA PARTY ON THE
2010 OFFICIAL ELECTION BALLOT!

WE'LL GET OURSELVES ELECTED AND
SET MARC EMERY FREE!

IN 2010 THE USMJPARTY CAN GET A CANDIDATE
FOR PRESIDENT ON THE VERMONT BALLOT
ANY U.S.A. REGISTERED VOTER CAN MOVE TO
VERMONT AND BE A "CARPET BAGGER" AND GET
ON THE VERMONT BALLOT FOR THE
UNITED STATES MARIJUANA PARTY 2010 FOR
UNITED STATES CONGRESS, U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES!

Ms. Cris Ericson is running for
United States Senator for Vermont 2010
and
Ms. Cris Ericson is running for
Governor of Vermont 2010
and she will appear
on the Official Election Ballot
in the State of Vermont
for the
UNITED STATES MARIJUANA PARTY.

The U.S. Marijuana Party has not officially
formed as a new minor party, as allowed in odd
numbered years in Vermont, but
the law in Vermont does allow Independent
candidates to select up to three descriptive
words to appear before the word 'party'
on the official election ballot.

An Independent candidate in the State of Vermont
is legally allowed to print three descriptive words
in the space provided for political party
on their ballot access petition signature forms.
This will put the United States Marijuana Party
on the 2010 Official Election Ballot in the
State of Vermont!

If you would like to volunteer to help Cris Ericson
collect ballot access petition signatures in Vermont
during 2009 and up to and including the summer of
2010, then please go to
http://www.sec.state.vt.us
and click on:
Elections & Campaign Finance
http://vermont-elections.org/soshome.htm
then click:
Candidates, Parties & PACs
http://vermont-elections.org/elections1/candidates.html
Scroll down to:
How to Become a Candidate in Vermont
and click it.
http://vermont-elections.org/elections1/becomeacandidate.html
Scroll down to:
Independent Candidates (Petition & Consent Form).

Download the Petition:
INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES
PETITION/STATEMENT OF NOMINATION
in the General Election, November 2, 2010
I join in a petition to place on the general ballot of the
_____________________________________Party,
(write in "United States Marijuana")
(Leave BLANK for Independent, or write in up to three words
but not the name of a political party organized in Vermont)
the name of ____________,
(write in "Cris Ericson")
whose residence is in the (city or town) of ___________
(write in Chester)
in the county of ___________
(write in Windsor)
for the office of _____________,
(on one Petition write GOVERNOR and on another Petition write
UNITED STATES SENATOR)
in the district of ____________
(write in "State of Vermont" because these offices are for statewide election)
to be voted for on Tuesday, the 2nd day of
November 2010; and I certify that I am at the present time a registered voter and I am qualified to vote for a candidate for this office.
SIGNATURE | PRINT NAME HERE | TOWN OF RESIDENCE
_________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________
(25 blank lines/page)

If you cannot download from your computer, copy the format above
and create 25 blank lines per page and photocopy two pages,
one for the office of Governor and one for the office of
United States Senator.

Please help Cris Ericson by going out and collecting ballot access petition signatures for her.
You can take the petition pages to her in person, or mail them:
Cris Ericson
879 Church Street
Chester, Vermont 05143-9375
(802)875-4038

MAKE MARIJUANA LEGAL
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2010 VOTE CRIS ERICSON

Also, Cris Ericson wants to encourage you to ask Vermonters
if they are also willing to go on the official election ballot for the
United States Marijuana Party for the offices of
Lt. Governor,
Secretary of State,
State Treasurer,
State Auditor
State Attorney General
State Senator for their county
State Representative for their county.

We should be able to have a full ballot!!!

When you visit Vermont to go skiing you can collect signatures!
When you visit Vermont to go hiking or camping you can collect signatures!
When you visit Vermont to go hunting or fishing you can collect signatures!
When you go to college or university in Vermont you can collect
signatures!
If you live in Vermont you can collect signatures!
YOU CAN MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND MEET INTERESTING
PEOPLE COLLECTING SIGNATURES!

#1 Ask people if they are registered voters in Vermont.
#2 Ask people if they voted in the last election in Vermont.
#3 Ask people if they will be voting in Vermont in 2010.
#4 ASK PEOPLE IF THEY WANT TO HELP
MAKE MARIJUANA LEGAL!

Talk to people about all the good common sense reasons
to MAKE MARIJUANA LEGAL!

After you fill out at least one page of ballot access petition signatures
you can ask Cris Ericson to write a letter to your school teacher or college professor or employer or prospective employer explaining how you have learned skills in interacting with people so you'll get credit
for your experience. You can even type the letter yourself describing all of your experiences going out and talking to Vermont voters,
and then send it to Cris to approve and sign and mail back to you.
Ms. Cris Ericson
879 Church Street
Chester, Vermont 05143-9375
(802)875-4038

HTTP://MAKEMARIJUANALEGAL.COM

You can see a 2008 YouTube video of Cris Ericson
on WNYT, Albany, New York (Albany is the Capitol
of N.Y.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzjpmkfpi8s

2012 WE CAN GET A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT USMJPARTY VERMONT

OOPS, I MEAN 2012
WE CAN GET A CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT
U.S. MARIJUANA PARTY ON THE VERMONT
OFFICIAL ELECTION BALLOT.
VERMONT IS A STATE WITH A SMALL POPULATION
AND ONLY 1000 SIGNATURES OF REGISTERED
VOTERS ARE REQUIRED TO GET A CANDIDATE
FOR PRESIDENT ON THE BALLOT.

500 FOR GOVERNOR
500 FOR U.S. CONGRESS

WE CAN DO IT!

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