Guilty Pleas In Emery Seed Case Make Top Story On DEA’s Website

The American Drug Enforcement Administration is evidently proud of their work in the cases of Emery Seed’s employees Greg Williams and Michelle Rainey.

The US drug agency has issued a press release about the guilty pleas of Marc Emery’s co-accused and made it the top story on their website.

The last press release written about the case on the DEA’s website is from July 29, 2005, and is outrageous and hilarious. Announcing the arrest of the BC3, the release claims Marc Emery was some kind of super-criminal who headed a vast criminal network of seed producers.

“The tentacles of the Mark Emery criminal enterprise reached out across North America to include all 50 United States and Canada,” said Special Agent in Charge Rodney G. Benson of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “Mr. Emery utilized the internet to sell his marijuana seeds throughout this country to customers no matter their age. He directed his business with efficiency, was motivated by greed, and will now be prosecuted for this illegal activity.”

You’ll notice that this release claims Marc was “motivated by greed”, and leaves out the fact that most of Marc’s profits went directly into the marijuana legalization movement. Another DEA press release sent out by Karen Tandy on the same day in 2005 did mention this fact, and illustrates how the US Government targeted Marc specifically because of his political activism:

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.

This 2005 release is now missing from the DEA’s website. I guess Tandy’s statements were just too damn honest.

Jeremiah Vandermeer
Jeremiah Vandermeer

Jeremiah Vandermeer is Chief of Operations of Cannabis Culture and Editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine & Pot TV.



  1. Anonymous on

    Obviously the DEA isn’t interested in the truth, or in ofjectivity, when it comes to what it’s doing.
    They may have won this battle, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll win their “war”.


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