Help Marc Emery to change the law
Many people have contacted Cannabis Culture, asking what they can do to help Marc Emery.
Here's what concerned supporters can do immediately:
* WRITE LETTERS TO THE MEDIA
The best way to help without leaving your home is to write letters to the media, complaining about the injustice of Marc Emery's sentence. Be sure to explain that this happens to Canadians all the time, and that Emery's case is just one example of how Canada's marijuana laws punish harmless, decent people. Also mention that this exact same sentence could still have been given out under the Liberals proposed "decriminalization" bill.
Write to your local politicians, to radio, TV and newspapers, and also to Canada's national media. But also be sure to send a letter to the Saskatchewan newspapers, telling them that you are shocked that Saskatchewan is such an intolerant place.
Saskatoon Star Phoenix 204 - 5th Avenue N. Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2P1 Fax: 306-657-6437 email@example.com
Regina Leader Post 1964 Park Street Regina, SK, S4P 3G4 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Post 300 - 1450 Don Mills Road Don Mills, ON, M3B 3R5 Fax: (416) 442-2209 Letters to the editor: www.canada.com/national/nationalpost/info/contactus/mailto.html?name=Letters&subject=Letter to the editor
Globe and Mail 444 Front Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 2S9 Fax: 416-585-5085. Letters@GlobeAndMail.ca
Maclean's Magazine One Mount Pleasant Road 11th floor Toronto, ON, M4Y 2Y5 Fax: 416-764-1332 email@example.com
* WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL MEDIA:
* British Columbia:
#1-200 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 3N3
200 Granville Street, Suite #1
Vancouver BC, V6C 3N3
Edmonton Journal (Downtown)
10006 -101 Street
Edmonton, AB, T5J 0S1
Tel: (780) 429-5100
The Winnipeg Free Press
1355 Mountain Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2X 3B6
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
204 - 5th Avenue N.
Saskatoon, SK, S7K 2P1
Suite 300, 1450 Don Mills Road
Toronto, ON, M3B 3R5
1010 Ste. Catherine St. West, Suite 200
Montreal, Quebec, H3B 5L1
* Nova Scotia:
P.O. Box 280
Amherst, NS B4H 3Z2
* New Brunswick:
The Daily Gleaner
P.O. Box 3370, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A2
* Prince Edward Island:
165 Prince Street, P.O. Box 760
Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 7L8
The Telegram (Daily)
P.O. Box 5970, St. John's, NL A1C 5X7
* WRITE TO THE GOVERNMENT
Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler has a record as a human-rights activist, and he should be asked to overturn Marc Emery's conviction. He should also be reminded that the Liberals' proposed new marijuana "decriminalization" bill would not stop this kind of thing from happening again.
The Honourable Irwin Cotler Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada 284 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0H8
Canadian PM Paul Martin has told the media that his wife once made them both hash brownies. He should be told of Marc Emery's imprisonment, and reminded that his "decriminalization" bill will not stop this from happening again.
The Honourable Paul Martin Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street Ottawa K1A 0A2 Fax: 613-941-6900 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada's federal NDP leader Jack Layton should also be contacted. Jack Layton was interviewed by Marc Emery before the federal election, and Layton claimed that he strongly supported fully legal marijuana.
Marc Emery rallied Canada's marijuana movement behind the federal NDP, and now it is time for Jack Layton to show his support for the cannabis culture. Please contact Jack Layton and encourage him to speak out against Marc Emery's 90 day sentence.
Although Canada's Conservatives have not been supportive of the marijuana culture, Conservative leader Stephen Harper should still be encouraged to live up to his "libertarian" image and support a marijuana law that allows sharing among friends as well as just personal possession.
Stephen Harper A203, 1600 - 90th Ave SW Calgary, Alberta T2V 5A8 Fax:(403) 253-8203 Email: email@example.com
You can also write to the Judge who sentenced Marc Emery, and let him know that his sentence was inappropriate for Marc's alleged crime. (Always be polite in all your letters! Don't threaten the judge or berate him.)
Judge D. Albert Lavoie Provincial Court of Saskatchewan 220 - 19th St. Saskatoon, SK S7K 2H6
* WRITE TO MARC EMERY
You can send Marc a personal letter of support at:
Marc Emery c/o Saskatoon Correctional Centre 910 60th St. East, Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7K 2H6
You can't send food or magazines, but you can send a personal letter and photographs. Assume that whatever you send might be read by prison guards.
* HAND OUT FLYERS
We are working on getting a flyer printed explaining Marc's situation, and a postcard that people can mail (for free) to Irwin Cotler. Once these are printed up next week, we will distribute them across Canada to head shops and wherever else people might want to hand them out.
* COME TO SASKATOON
There will be an ongoing vigil outside the courthouse where Marc was sentenced. There will be at least 2 people there every day, with a FREE MARC EMERY banner and handing out flyers. This needs to be a sustained presence.
I will be going out for one week to start up this vigil. I believe that Jody Pressman and Mike Foster (of Crosstown Traffic) will also be coming out this week.
We don't necessarily want everyone to converge on Saskatoon at once. Instead we need people to come out for at least a few days at a time, spread out over the next few weeks. If some people could plan to come to Saskatoon around Aug 27 and stay for a week that would be great!
While in Saskatoon you would also be able to personally visit with Marc on the two visiting days they have each week.
Those unable to come to Saskatoon should put on vigils in their own cities. It would be good to have ongoing vigils in as many major cities as possible.
* NOTE TO AMERICANS
Americans should not feel shy about writing to Canadian media and politicians. Canadians are often told that we cannot legalize marijuana because America would be upset. So Canadian media and politicians need to hear from Americans who look to Canada as a beacon of hope, tolerance and freedom.
Canadian media and poltiicians need to be reminded by Americans that, from the days of slavery to alcohol prohibition, from the Vietnam War to the Drug War, forward-thinking and freedom-loving Americans have always appreciated Canada's devotion to peace and tolerance.
* WORK HARDER
Marc Emery is only one of the many hundreds of thousands of people around the world who are currently imprisoned just for growing, sharing or even possessing marijuana. Let his sacrifice and jailing remind us of all the others who don't have the media spotlight and letters of support pouring in. Whatever you have been doing to end this waste of human potential, this ongoing torture and suffering, keep it up, and try to do a little bit more each and every day.
* FOR MORE INFORMATION
Further updates and information on Marc's case will be available on the top page of cannabisculture.com, and also at pot-tv.net.
You can also discuss Marc's situation and related news on the Cannabis Culture forums, at these two links:
* THANK YOU
Thank you for your support at this critical time. it is heartening to all of us that Marc's imprisonment has created such an outpouring of support. We all hope that this extreme sentence