Yes, The Case Against Marc Emery is Political

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.

– Article from Stop the Drug War (DRCNet).



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  9. Anonymous on

    i think half the problem lies in the fact that alot of people make money off prisoners and prisons. building contractors, food service providers, guards,police, taxes for state and county, confinscating property, attorneys fees, and the list goes on and on…… just think about it and how much profit there is. while america is certainly not a joke, its quite clear that the politicians voted to run the country certainly are. that reflects the voters who put them in office. we need to take auto pilot off and elect real americans to run things instead off a bunch of clowns from barnum and baileys. trust me most americans aren’t as ignorant as the world makes us out to be, but our representatives make us look like complete fools with some of the nonsense they propagate. lets wake up and get people in there who are worried about mexicans kidnapping americans on u.s. soil instead of someone selling pot seeds from canada or netherlands. its just ridiculous for real stop the maddness

  10. Anonymous on

    upon reading of emery’s extradition my heart sank so i smoked a helped me control the rage i began feeling over this violation of human rights. wtf is wrong with canada, stop being americas bitch(at least in regards to this type of bs)if he were a serial killer i would understand. im american, this is the greatest country in the world hands down but we keep alienating our friends(ie canada) over nonsense and controlling our people with antiquated laws that serve no public good(ie marihuana prohibition, etc.). we need to get back to the days when” by the people, of the people, and for the people” actually meant something. take america back from those who wish to control our lives not for our own good but for their own personal gain.

  11. Anonymous on

    it sounds like the same old song and dance my friend. the u.s. is big bad and every body better watch out for then. hog wash the u.s. knows there not winning the war againest drug but have to keep the b.s. rolling out so they can look like there realy doing a good job,lol. if the goverment would wake up and legalize pot they won’t have full jails with pot heads. they could make money, but it’s like talking to a brick wall and i for 1 an getting tired off it. if i had the money i’d move to canada tommarrow. this country and the people making the laws are a joke.

  12. SpaZZ on

    “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.”

    They forgot to mention the fact that he paid over $500K in taxes to the Canadian Government, who willingly and knowingly accepted the funds for all the years he operated his business. Doesn’t this make the Canadian Government accomplices who profited from the proceeds of crime?

    How does one get charged with anything for which he paid taxes?

    The Canadian Government should have fought the extradition.

  13. Adam on

    Yeah these good ole boys keep acting this way, and nature has been making us crazier and crazier ever since. Because nature loves balance and we’re the only ones left who will stand tall enough to bring it about. It’s biodiversity, not diseases.

  14. shilo on

    yep the “good ole boys” everywhere act like this when they are threatened. They are actually evil. Precious little should be prohibited except bad behavior. “Legal” criminals are the worst because they are never held accountable.

  15. Anonymous on

    plenty of people in the united states have been arrested simply for recieving seeds from marc. I dont think marc or the people who recieved his seeds should have been arrested. it depends on the administration. during the clinton years you were likely to just get a letter from the doj or customs saying dont do it again or yoll go to jail.
    but even under clinton it started to get prosecuted more. then under bush we had rumsfeld and fucking idiots like mary beth buhcanan. who launched a crusade against the counterculture. they busted tommy chong for pieces of glass. this is all just leftover from that stupid antipot crusade bush’s administration launched

  16. Dave on

    Brian Mulroney and George Busch are not criminals but Marc Emery is? Wow! How the hell did we get into this mess?

  17. renney b. on

    the usa is trying to stop the legalization movement as they say but, we know they will fail and marc should not be a casualty in this war on drugs… i have said before that marc emery is doing the community a great service by educating the masses and helping to heal the many sicknesses and diseases that attack our lives today…if someone is trying to save lives how can he be a criminal , it is the person who is taking lives that should be locked up… to me this is common sense but, i guess the justice system is confused . since his early days of activism marc has challenged the canadian and american governments and fought for human rights and freedoms in our culture, it would be a shame if he is imprisoned at this time for his work inthe legalization of cannabis / hemp… laws are changing around the world to reflect the realization of the historical, progressive and civilize view of cannabis / hemp as medicine, food, fiber, fuel and sacrament so, it would be ludacrist to punish someone for doing the good thing now that the truth is being told… cannabis / hemp prohibition was a ill advised , racist and monopolistic law forced on the people by shady politicians and it is time we face the facts and change that bad law. enough lives have being destroyed by this great persecution and prosecuting another soul on the behalf of such lies is a miscarriage of justice. as many senaters and representatives of the people have being saying in congress and parlament ‘the marijuana laws need to decrimanalized or legalized…’ i wish marc and his family all the best and trust that justice will reflect our democratic ideals and righteousness be demonstrated in the streets in nonviolence and solidarity…peace and love, from; renney b.

  18. Anonymous on

    Really how about she give her number ,I would call and ask how it is not political when they illegaly arrested and charged without a indictment for a felony someone,outside of their jursidiction.The people who should have been charges are the people they had jursidiction to go after,the ones who bought the seeds when they reached their mailboxes not the person in another country that sent them.Their reaches endes at the border ,period.The Canadian Government also should be ashamed for not having a set of nuts,and standing up for what right and tarnishing the Canadian reputation,for doing just that.They are borderline to traitors!