CANNABIS CULTURE – On Saturday, September 19, 2009, people all over the world rallied in support of ‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery, a marijuana activist and magazine publisher who is facing a 5-year prison sentence in the United States for selling marijuana seeds over the Internet.
Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St., 2pm-5pm
More than 100 cities across the globe will host demonstrations to protest Emery’s imprisonment, due to take place at 9am on September 28 at the BC Supreme Court (800 Smithe St.), when the embattled BC Marijuana Party leader will surrender into the custody of authorities to await extradition to the US.
“Free Marc Emery” rallies are planned in many major cities and small towns in Canada and the US, and in countries abroad including Germany, South Africa, Denmark, Ireland, Austria, Peru, Norway and the UK.
“Thousands of people around the world have been positively affected by Marc and his message, and will come together on September 19 to demand his freedom,” said Marc’s wife Jodie Emery, policing critic for the BC Green Party and a candidate for the Greens in the upcoming federal election.
“My husband is a Canadian citizen who never crossed the border, yet he has been charged and punished in a foreign country. This should be very disturbing to Canadians. Marc is a political prisoner. He shouldn’t be sent to the USA at all.”
In 2005, the US Drug Enforcement Administration and Vancouver Police raided and closed Emery’s successful seed business, which had been running openly for 11 years with few complaints from Canadian authorities.
A DEA press release issued at the time of his arrest makes note that Emery used millions of dollars generated from his seed company and magazine, Cannabis Culture, to fund drug-reform activism and marijuana legalization groups.
“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,” the release by DEA chief Karen Tandy reads. “Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.”
Emery’s supporters say this is clear evidence that his arrest was politically motivated.
“This politically motivated extradition, specifically forbidden by the Extradition Act, is yet another example of the Conservative Government’s disregard for the law,” said Vancouver rally organizer Jacob Hunter of the Beyond Prohibition Foundation. “The message from the government is clear: Canadians who oppose Harper’s radical agenda could wind up in a foreign prison.”
For more information go to www.CannabisCulture.com or www.whyprohiobtion.ca
Marc Emery Fact Sheet
Who is Marc Emery?
• Marc Emery is a Canadian cannabis activist. He is the leader of the British Columbia Marijuana Party, publisher and editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine, and runs Cannabis Culture Headquarters retail store and Pot-TV video network. He ran a popular marijuana seed business called “Marc Emery Direct Seeds” from 1994 to 2005.
• Marc Emery has been known as a bookseller and activist in Canada for 30 years, fighting against censorship laws and other social issues long before he became a drug law reform activist.
• Marc Emery has been a media figure for 20 years with regards to marijuana and drug law reform. He is very well known to Canadian, American and international news media organizations.
• Marc Emery never grew or sold marijuana, only the seeds.
• Marc Emery never went to the USA and operated his seed business only in Canada at all times.
• Marc Emery operated his business in full transparency since its inception. He sent a copy of his magazine Cannabis Culture to media outlets and each Member of Parliament in Canada for years. The magazine had pages of seed catalogue listings.
• Marc Emery donated all of the profits from his seed business to drug law reform lobbyists, political parties, global protests and rallies, lawyers and court cases, medical marijuana initiatives, drug rehabilitation clinics, grassroots media, and many other legitimate legal activities and organizations.
• Marc Emery helped found or support the United States Marijuana Party, US state and Canadian provincial political parties, and international political parties.
• Marc Emery declared his income from marijuana seed sales on his income tax, and paid over $580,000 to the Federal and Provincial governments from 1999 to 2005.
• The US Drug Enforcement Administration admitted numerous times in a press release from Administrator Karen Tandy that his arrest was based on his drug legalization funding and efforts – a copy of that political document can be read and viewed online at www.NoExtradition.net ?
What’s happening to Marc Emery?
Marc Emery ran “Emery Direct Seeds”, a marijuana seed business, in downtown Vancouver BC and online for over ten years. Marc wanted to be the main benefactor of the marijuana movement, with the goal to end prohibition across North America and the world.
In July 2005, the US Justice Department requested Canada extradite Marc to the USA to be charged with conspiracy to produce marijuana, conspiracy to traffic marijuana, and conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime – all charges that imply Marc grew marijuana to make money, even though he only sold seeds and gave all the money away.
Marc was facing ten-year mandatory minimums on each charge, with possible life imprisonment in US federal prison. After his co-accused made plea deals for 2 years probation, Marc decided to make a plea deal for a 5-year sentence in the US federal system.
Canada’s Justice Minister is extraditing Marc to the USA, even though hundreds of thousands of people believe that he should not be punished at all. Most people are offended that a Canadian can be charged and imprisoned in a foreign country for the act of selling seeds through the mail – and even more people believe that, if Marc is to be imprisoned at all, he should serve his time in Canadian prison.
Marc is trying to get transferred home to Canada, so please help him! FREE MARC EMERY!
Go to www.CannabisCulture.com for more information.