CANNABIS CULTURE – Thousands of protesters rallied in cities around the world on Saturday, demanding freedom for pot activist Marc Emery.
More than 100 cities participated in “The Worldwide Rally for The Prince of Pot” to show support for Marc, who is facing a five-year prison sentence the United States for selling marijuana seeds online. Read more about the Worldwide Rally for Marc Emery here.
Coverage of the event is beginning to stream across the internet, and we will update this page with more pictures and videos as they pop up. Send video or media coverage of the rally in your city to [email protected] and we will post it below.
Stay tuned for in-depth coverage of the Vancouver rally, with photos and video including speeches by Marc Emery and other marijuana activists – soon to come from Cannabis Culture and Pot-TV!
Last Updated: 9:15am, Wednesday, Sept 23.
Worldwide Rally Videos
Vancouver, Canada: Video
Calgary, Canada: Video
Toronto, Canada: Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3 | Video 4 | Video 5 | Video 6 | Video 7
Berlin, Germany: Video 1
Birmingham, Alabama: Video
Waco, Texas: Video
Fort Lauderdale, Texas: Video
Copenhagen, Denmark: Video
CTV News at The Worldwide Rally
from CTV News
Global protests underway in 100 cities across the globe to free Marc Emery
from The Examiner
The Prince of Pot is signing T-Shirts in Vancouver, BC.
“Earlier this afternoon there were 400 people but the crowd is really building now,” said Dana Larsen.
“Mark is a hold-over from earlier times when he could have given 30 years. He was able to plea bargain to down to 5 years because there is less of a desire today than there was when the initial bust happened. Marc’s activisim has turned him into more a more powerful and well known celebrity.”
How is Marc holding up?
“He’s signing T-shirts! Marc is very stoic. It’s how you live your life that’s important to your legacy.”
Rallys are taking place across the globe in more than 100 cities.
Marc Emery is a well-known activist, Vancouver retail store owner, and editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine. He was raided by Canadian police and the US DEA on July 29th, 2005, and arrested for selling marijuana seeds over the Internet. To read more click here.
Global National on Marc Emery
from Global News
Rally held for ‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery
from News 1130
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Besides Saturday’s anti-HST rally, another rally took place yesterday this time in support of B.C.’s infamous ‘Prince of Pot’, Marc Emery. Several hundred gathered at the Art Gallery in a vain attempt to keep him in Canada.
In nine days he’ll be shipped off to serve time in a U.S. jail for selling marijuana seeds over the Internet. Emery says he has no anxiety over his incarceration. “This is the ultimate result of things I planned on and pre-mediated to do for decades and it has this unfortunate part where I go to jail for a couple of years. That’s just the price I have to pay for the work I put out for myself.”
He says he plans to keep busy while in jail and wants to learn French and Spanish.
Marc Emery Says Goodbye to Vancouver and the Cannabis Scene He Created
from Reefer Logic
The Vancouver cannabis scene was lucky today – the weather for Marc Emery’s farewell protest was beautiful. It was supposed to be raining heavily in typical Vancouver style but obviously God is on Marc’s side and kept the clouds away.
If you don’t know who Marc Emery is then give this a read. Basically he’s a HUGE cannabis activist who earned millions by selling pot seeds through his seed store and donated 95% of those millions to cannabis activism. In 2005 he was busted by the DEA on Canadian soil while the VPD stood by and watched. The head of the DEA in Washington D.C. on that day called him the biggest drug kig pin in Canada. I’m sure the Hell’s Angels were a little surprised by that claim, I know I was. Trust me DEA, we have bigger fish to fry in Canada than Marc Emery’s pot seeds.
Anyway, today the Vancouver cannabis scene said goodbye to Marc Emery at his last public appearance prior to turing himself over to the US authorities. An act which will signal the start of Marc’s 5 year sentence in a US prison. Of course he still needs to go through the US court system, but he knows his fate. His plea deal called for a 5 year prison stay. Marc’s situation is total bullshit – it’s all over a plant that ought to be legal and taxed instead of illegal and making gangsters rich. Marc’s message is one that if listened to would make such a huge difference in the safety and happiness of our society. But instead he faces prison. Bullshit.
For those that couldn’t make it to Vancouver to say goodbye to Marc here’s a clip I was able to grab…and don’t worry cannabis culture – I guarantee you we haven’t seen the last of Marc. In fact I can’t wait to see what he tries to do from behind bars in the US!
Click here for a video clip of the Vancouver Rally
‘Prince of Pot’ prepares for prison
Emery tying up loose ends before beginning up to 15 years in U.S. jail
from Metro Vancouver
Marc Emery says he’s spending his last few days of freedom tying up loose ends with his business before being sent south of the border to begin serving a drugs-related sentence.
“You typically miss fresh air and good food, two things that are not available inside federal prisons,” said Emery.
This will be his second time behind bars after spending three months in a Saskatoon jail in 2004.
On Sept. 28, Vancouver’s Prince of Pot will be shipped to the United States and imprisoned for anywhere from a year to 15 years for selling marijuana seeds online.
He said around 120 parties and rallies were held in major cities around the world, including New York City, Washington, D.C., and Dublin Saturday to protest his impending incarceration.
The event outside the Vancouver Art Gallery drew around 400 people.
“Jodie is alternately crushed and … (moved) by the tributes,” Emery said of his wife, who added that the hardest part for her will be waking up alone.
“But I’ll be working, keeping busy (working at Emery’s Cannabis Culture Headquarters),” said Jodie.
“That’s the key to not going nuts,” said Marc. “Otherwise you just spend the whole time sentimentalizing.”
Emery said he plans to learn French and Spanish in jail, and write his memoir.
“I’ve got a lot of amusing stories to tell,” he said.
‘Yes we cannabis’: Group gathers to call for legalizing medical marijuana
FORT LAUDERDALE – They were fewer than 10, but the folks who gathered Saturday at a beach-side intersection did so in the name of marijuana.
“Yes we Cannabis,” read Matthew Alvarez’s red, gold and green poster board sign.
“I really don’t even care if it’s legalized,” said Alvarez, 19, of Coral Springs. “I want to see it de-criminalized for people like my mother who has breast cancer.”
Diagnosed April 24, Alvarez’s mother, Sandy Cousino, 58, sat just paces away in a beach chair. Several rounds into chemotherapy, she has lost her hair and is battling the treatment’s aching, nauseating, weakening aftermath.
“If there were anything at all that would take away the side effects and be legal, I would do it,” she said.
And to that end, Steve Janowitz, 44, of People United for Medical Marijuana, set up shop at a card table planted in the sand under a palm tree near Sunrise Boulevard and AIA.
He was there collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to change state law to legalize marijuana for medical uses.
A steady stream of tooting horns and encouragement greeted the sign holders.
“Legalize pot!” a passer by shouted from a car.
The gathering was also part of a worldwide rally to protest Monday’s scheduled sentencing of a Canadian marijuana activists who sold marijuana seeds online to U.S. customers to fund the movement.
Marc Emery, 51, editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine and head of the British Columbia Marijuana Party, was arrested July 29, 2005 by Canadian police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Under the terms of a plea deal, the so called “Prince of Pot,” faces a five-year sentence in a U.S. federal prison for a charge of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana for selling the seeds to Americans.
Raya Sunshine, 25, of Fort Lauderdale, held a sign that read: “No victim. No crime.”
Sunshine, who is behind the fledgling organization Cannabis Awareness and Research Brigade, said the turnout was sparse at Saturday’s rally but important.
“People seem to be timid to take a public stance about something that is illegal,” she said. “It’s their right to protest and make the government aware that they don’t agree with the laws.”
Click here to see video from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Don’t fear the reefer
from The Sarnia Observer
Legalizing marijuana would help put criminals out of business.
So says Josh Dawson, a University of Western Ontario student originally from Brigden, who is leading a rally at the courthouse in downtown London, today at 2 p. m.
The 24-year-old is speaking out against Canadian marijuana laws while raising awareness about Marc Emery, a former London man who is facing extradition to the United States for distributing marijuana seeds.
“If we legalize marijuana it would stop the funds that are going into the black market,” Dawson said. “As soon as you prohibit something, you make that substance very profitable to those that can get away with selling it.”
Similar rallies are also scheduled across Canada, in the United States, Europe and South Africa.
Marc Emery helped found the British Columbia Marijuana Party, is the online publisher of Cannabis Culture, Marijuana Magazine and has actively fought to legalize marijuana for years.
He’s planning to plead guilty to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana for selling marijuana seeds to Americans, Sept. 28, in a federal court in Seattle.
He’s turning himself in rather than facing extradition charges and is expected to spend five years in jail.
Deemed the “Prince of Pot” Emery was arrested in 2005 and has been fighting to serve his sentence in Canada.
“He’s being targetted for political reasons,” Dawson said. “There are hundreds of seed sellers that operate freely in Canada and we don’t target them basically because they’re not putting their money back into the marijuana movement.”
A February article written by Emery’s wife, Jodie, at www.cannabisculture.com/noextradition says he spent more than $4 million between 1995 and 2005 on activism, ballot initiatives, drug addiction clinics and other aspects of the marijuana movement.
Const. Bill Baines with the Sarnia Police Service said traditionally police have opposed the decriminalization of marijuana.
“We’re dealing with drivers impaired by alcohol on a regular basis and if we decriminalize or legalize marijuana, does that increase the number of drivers that are using the product and then getting behind the wheel of a car?” he said.
Those with an addiction may also turn to crime to support their addiction, he said.
“To say it’s a victimless crime is very far from the truth.”
Dawson said other than raising awareness, the rally will motivate people to help bring Emery back to Canada.
“A Canadian citizen is being sent to the United States when he hasn’t been charged in Canada,” he said.
“I need people to be calling our Minister of Justice to be telling him it’s critical we have Marc Emery transferred back to a Canadian prison as soon as possible.”
Rally in support of Prince of Pot
from Chilliwack Times
Local supporters of the so-called “Prince of Pot” are holding a rally in downtown Chilliwack Saturday as part of an international campaign on Sept. 19 for marijuana activist Marc Emery. The rally will take place outside the courthouse at Five Corners from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Emery worked out a plea agreement for a five-year prison term and could be sentenced in Seattle later this month. He was charged in 2005 by U.S. authorities for running a marijuana seed mail order operation from his Vancouver business.
Sovereignty: Marc Emery is a Canadian hero
from Langley Advance
Marc Emery is prepared next Monday to surrender to US authorities to face at least 5 years in prison south of the border. His crime? The U.S. government claims it is because he sold marijuana seeds to U.S. citizens.
However, hundreds of companies do the same thing.
The real reason is that legalizing marijuana has more support than ever, and in order to stop this movement, they decided to arrest the most visible leader and financier of the legalization movement.
The Canadian government gladly took Emery’s tax dollars, which had “Marijuana Seed Merchant” listed as his occupation, and Canadian police officers never decided to arrest Emery for selling seeds. Apparently, however, the U.S. government and DEA have the authority to operate in our country and tell our police officers who to arrest, and for what reason.
Not a single person has ever come forward to say Marc Emery hurt them. Nobody could. There are no victims here, and yet the U.S. government feels it necessary to lock him up for more than 50 times the sentence he would get in this country.
Marc Emery is a Canadian hero. He opened his store on Sunday when it was illegal to do so, until the archaic law was repealed. He sold banned books and albums to protest censorship, until that was repealed. He has spent his entire life trying to make his country free, fighting for the rights of every Canadian. This man is a patriot, and Canadians should not stand by while our sovereignty is thrown out the window and an innocent man goes to jail.
This is about more than Marc Emery. This is an issue of national sovereignty. If the U.S. government can tell our police officers who to arrest, and forcibly take a Canadian citizen and throw him/her in a U.S. jail for political reasons, this country is finished. We may as well allow the United States to annex Canada and become the 51st state already.
This Saturday, at the Vancouver Art Gallery, from 2 p.m. till 5 p.m., there will be a protest in response to the extradition.
Travis Erbacher, Langley
Pro-marijuana group stages protest
from KXXV-TV, ABC News
WACO – Drugs were the topic of protest Saturday afternoon, as a local pro-marijuana group joined a worldwide protest.
The group gathered on the corner of 8th and Franklin, trying to keep the government from extraditing Mark Emery to the U.S. from Canada to stand trial.
Emery is accused of mailing marijuana seeds all around the world, including into the United States.
Cliff Deuvall, a marijuana advocate, told News Channel 25, “What we want to accomplish is awareness, we live in an antiquated world, we have been fighting this prohibition for 75 years, and it’s time it comes to an end.”
Emery is scheduled to be extradited to the U.S. on Monday.
Protesting for Emery
Charges against Mark Emery should be dropped, said protesters at Waverly Park this weekend.
Protesters gathered Saturday to show support for Mark Emery, known to many as the prince of pot, as he faces extradition to America. Emery is being charged with manufacturing marijuana by selling seeds online. He faces a five-year jail term.
Ben Vaudrin was at the protest and said he thinks “it sucks” that Emery is going to jail. Vaudrin has multiple sclerosis and uses marijuana to help deal with his pain.
“On a (pain) scale of one to 10, I always have a one or a two,” said Vaudrin. “Those seeds could be helping so many people. I guarantee people using it are using it for medicine.”
Vaudrin said the two ways he deals with his pain is smoking marijuana and keeping active. He says the more he stays active the more it eases his muscle spasms.
Chino Fortier said he smokes marijuana freely.
“It’s a stupid law,” said Fortier. “Marijuana is just a flower and it never killed anybody compared to alcohol and tobacco. It’s really a great rally for Mark Emery. The (United States) is a puppet master for the RCMP.”
As the live bands were setting up, Kelly Korolenko was sitting on a blanket near the stage. Korolenko said the charges against Emery are wrong.
“It’s just an excessive punishment,” said Korolenko, “He should go to jail in Canada if it’s wrong.”
Steph Ritch and Mike Bento say the charges are unjust for selling seeds. Ritch and Bento coordinated the event using Facebook to promote awareness of the protest.
Their production company Green Scene also helped organize the going away party when Emery was in Thunder Bay at the Royal Canadian Legion Kakabeka Falls and Rural District Branch in July.
“I don’t think anyone should go to jail for marijuana,” said Ritch. “We think the prohibition of marijuana does more harm than good and it is time to stop. We don’t want to see young people or anyone going to jail for pot.”
The park was decorated with posters, information and an autograph sheet taped to a tree. One poster said arrests made for simple possession were 50,145 in 2008, an increase of 5 per cent from 2007. Ritch said most of their information came from Cannabis sites.
Rally supports Canadian Marc Emery, medical marijuana, freedom
from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Drew Rae, right, from Fort Lauderdale, holds a sign during a rally along Fort Lauderdale beach in support for Canadian Marc Emery, who is facing a 5-year prison sentence in the United States for selling selling marijuana seeds over the Internet.
Rally a precurser to more events
Kamloops – The rally was small, attracting about 25 people, but it had a multi-pronged cause.
Elisia Millns says Saturday’s rally in front of the Kamloops law courts had three objectives: to criticize the Canadian government for turning marijuana activist Marc Emery over to be jailed in the U.S.; to promote opposition to Bill C-15 calling for mandatory jail sentences for anyone caught with marijuana; and to raise awareness about the need for medical marijuana.
Millns said despite the low turnout, she was encouraged by the response she got from those walking or driving by.
“I think unfortunately, a lot of people couldn’t make it to the rally. But I was happy with the public response; honking cars, waves, thumbs up. The support on the street was amazing,” she said Sunday.
“I didn’t expect it from a lot of older people, but a lot of them were honking.”
The local rally was timed Saturday afternoon to coincide with other events being held around the world to oppose Emery’s deportation to the U.S., where he faces five years in jail for selling marijuana seeds, she said.
“It’s about the Canadian government handing over a Canadian to the Americans to do hard time,” said Millns.
“Our Canadian government does not seem to be standing up for the Canadian people.”
Bill C-15 involves mandatory jail sentences for anyone caught with marijuana or growing it, she said.
Herself a medical marijuana user, Millns said she wants to open a compassion club here.
“I am recognized as a medical marijuana smoker by my doctor.”
She lives with chronic pain from an accident, along with sleep disorders, bowel disease and a morphine addiction. Marijuana helps her with all of those, she said.
“A couple of weeks ago, I took a bad turn for the worse. It took me five hours to get to Vancouver to get some medicine into my system,” said Millns, a card holder with the Compassion Club of B.C.
“There’s nothing here.”
She would like to see marijuana legalized for medical use, and she doesn’t like the criminal element attached to the drug.
She plans on holding another rally to protest Emery being handed over to the U.S. on Sept. 28, as well as a rally on Oct. 24 to protest Bill C-15. Both events will be held at the Kamloops Law Courts.
Phoenix NORML Rallies for “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery, Hawks Pin-Up Calendar of Cheeba-Smokin’ Gals
from Phoenix New Times
Tasty bud, cool babes and a cause you can believe in: Now that’s a movement, people. And you can join up this Saturday at 24th Street and Camelback where Phoenix NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) will be rallying locally as part of a worldwide demonstration on behalf of Canadian cannabis guru Marc Emery, the so-called “Prince of Pot.”
Emery, the publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine was busted in 2005 by Canadian cops and the U.S. DEA for selling marijuana seeds via the Internet. Though he fought extradition to the U.S. tooth and nail, he’s now staring down the barrel at a possible five years in the slammer at an upcoming Seattle, Washington court date. Compare that to the month in the pokey Emery might have gotten if he’d been tried in Canada.
The conviction is political. The U.S. government has admitted to targeting Emery because of his influence as a proponent of and financial supporter for marijuana legalization efforts. Makes you wonder what good it is being Canadian if Uncle Sam can still come mess with you if they don’t cotton to the message you’re peddling. (Or the seeds you’re sowing.)
Phoenix NORML is also collecting signatures to put a medical marijuana initiative on the 2010 ballot. And they’ve created this calendar of “The Girls of Phoenix NORML,” featuring local, ganja-loving gals getting blazed while occasionally going sans top. This genius concept is (was?) aimed at raising funds for a hemp festival locally.
I tried calling Phoenix NORML to find out how much the calendar costs and where you can purchase it, but so far, no callbacks. They must all be out smoking dope somewhere.
Maybe they’ve sold out of calendars. Even so, you can still check out the Mary Jane pin-ups on Phoenix NORML’s Facebook site, here, as long as you’re signed up for Facebook.
On Saturday, the get-down gets down at 4:20 p.m. (of course). For more info, check out the info on Phoenix NORML’s Web site. (There’s also a regular Phoenix NORML meeting at Steele Indian School Park earlier in the day.)Tie-dyes, dreadlocks and patchouli oil are optional. But everyone’s responsible for bringing their own jug of water and Funyuns.
Up in Smoke?
The morons at CTV obviously didn’t do their homework, and thought that only four people showed up for a rally in Dawson Creek. Watch as Marc corrects their mistakes on live TV – but even after Marc explained that there were thousands of people at over 100 rallies around the globe, they still wrote this on their website: “Did tokers forget to attend a rally for Canada’s ‘Prince of Pot’? – Canada’s so-called ‘Prince of Pot,’ who is scheduled to be extradited to the U.S., explains why the turnout for a rally in support of him drew thin crowds.”
Marc Emery on CTV Calgary
CTV in Calgary covers ‘The Worldwide Rally for the Prince of Pot’.
Cape Town, South Africa Rally For Marc Emery
Tucson, Arizona Rally For Marc Emery
Houston, Texas Rally for Marc Emery
Ricky from Houston:
Lots of double-sided handouts were passed out along with DVD discs full of videos showing various debates and news reports that have been aired over the last year. Threw in lots of L.E.A.P. videos along with an interview of Barry Cooper, a video showcasing Harborside Health Center, and a DEA job application form. The job application form was included along with notes pointing out how even the DEA allows applicants to engage in “experimental” and “youthful” marijuana use without penalty. If the agency had a no tolerance policy like it pushes on everyone else, it would apparently have trouble employing enough people.
Additional tidbits were thrown onto the DVD discs to fill in the gaps with the other literature. Tried to grab some of your old videos but Youtube disabled them all. 🙁 So I had to go with what was available.
Met lots of interesting people — some of them homeless or fresh out of jail since we started off by the courthouse. It was astonishing how little everyone walking around in Downtown Houston knew about the world around them. We walked all over the place and hit the locations that were full of people — bus and light rail stops. Even handed out a few DVDs and handouts to correctional officers and law enforcement personnel. 🙂 It’s in their best interest to get rid of prohibition and cut off money supplies to cartels since the head of Homeland Security said she expects them to take on the Mexican cartels if they come across the border with machine guns and grenade launchers.
Had a good conversation with one correctional officer and he agreed with our positions. He said, “I think once a man has served his time in there, he’s paid his debt to society. Leave him alone.” He agreed that the U.S. imprisonment rates are out of hand and the drug enforcement laws send the prisoners into a revolving door of sorts… out for a couple of months to a year and right back in again… He was visibly pissed off about what’s going which surprised me.
It seemed like most people were curious and wanted to know about the information but were afraid to show much interest. It’s one of the reasons I didn’t put any labeling on the DVD discs and kept the handouts plain looking — no pot leafs. 99% of the people read through it instead of immediately being turned off by pictures that might let people know what they were reading. Even a city bus driver was willing to take material and discuss things with us in front of others which was cool.
After things slowed down by the court house, we shifted to a low-key, educational mode… walking the streets… handing out material… talking to people… hearing their opinions… answering all the questions they had… informing them of facts… telling them about the U.S. govt going after you for selling seeds… telling them how you never even grew marijuana but the U.S. govt is counting each seed as a full grown plant… etc.
We took a non-confrontational, educational approach and it worked quiet well. Even had a debate with some people who were totally against our positions but they ultimately walked away with the literature afterward. We respected their opinions and told them how the drug war was effecting them from different angles. Even a homeless guy was surprised at how the large drug enforcement budgets and tax cuts on public services affected him and the people he knew.
It was a shame some people bailed out at the last minute and didn’t show up but the two of us that did got a lot of work done and represented you in Houston. I’m including some pictures of us by the courthouse along with an extra photo I snapped while we were walking around the rundown parts of the area in search of more people.
Even when confined to a beaten-up, shanty building, a plant on top still does its thing and keeps growing. It’s representative of the anti-prohibition movement in that no matter how much the government entities and politicians try to suppress the movement and confine it, the truth keeps popping up and growing.
World Wide Rally for Marc Emery – Copenhagen
CannabiShowTV @ The Wolrd Wide Rally for Marc Emery the Prince of Pot,
Saturday the 19th September 2009.
We walked about 10 km thru Copenhagen on this beautiful and warm Saturday afternoon, to show our support to Marc Emery, The Prince of Pot.
The Danish protest was arranged by Tuxen from the Danish Hemp Party, and we started out from Christiania, this video shows the first part of the trip. We walk from Christiania towards the american embassy, this video ends at the french embassy.
We had perfect weather all day!
The police forgot to show up, so at first at only had the hot Idioty girls to look after our safety. As you can see a few cars rushed past us, creating dangerous situations. When they showed up, there was only 5 motorcyclecops & a few undercover cops, the undercover cops left after the first 10 minutes cause they could see we weren’t troublemakers.
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