It’s such a shame that Marc Emery’s raid, arrest and extradition request (at the behest of the USA and DEA) happened in July 2005, and that Marc hasn’t been allowed to sell seeds since that day. If he hadn’t been busted, hundreds of thousands of dollars could have been spent on the movement in Canada and the USA, and tremendous amounts of Marc Emery’s money would be spent as usual: getting med-pot patients and lawyers to the courts, paying travel fees for experts to testify at hearings, buying ads in major newspapers, funding lobbyists, initiatives and political parties, helping launch and fund class action lawsuits against the government, and so much more.
I hate to say it, but in a major way, the DEA accomplished what they set out to do by going after Marc — cripple the marijuana activism movement by shutting down the only philanthropist willing and able to give large amounts of money to the cause. I was reminded of this when watching “Prince of Pot: The US vs. Marc Emery” last night on CBC Newsworld, when lawyer and law professor Alan Young said as much.
I hope others remember and appreciate the incredible contributions Marc made for a decade of activism, when things were getting better for us… Since his arrest and the raid, everything is getting worse, especially in Canada. It’s almost like the bad guys won. Almost.
But we owe Marc our collective “Thanks” through our continuing devotion to ending this drug war insanity, no matter how bad it gets. Efforts must be stepped up, even more so once/if he is sentenced to many years in US federal prison. Even though we’ve been financially set back and disabled in a huge way since 2005, we must increase our passion and intensity.
I just wish none of that had happened, and Marc could still pump millions into the movement… No one else has stepped up the same way, or can afford to. How depressing.