Prison Vigil for ‘The Prince of Pot’ Continues Every Day

Marc and Jodie Emery speak to media and supporters at a press conference before Marc's surrender to authorities. (Photos by Jeremiah Vandermeer)Marc and Jodie Emery speak to media and supporters at a press conference before Marc’s surrender to authorities. (Photos by Jeremiah Vandermeer)CANNABIS CULTURE – A Constant Vigil for marijuana activist Marc Emery is being held at the North Fraser Pretrial Centre, and continues for 24 hours a day, every day until he is free.

Tents and camping equipment are available for those who want to sleep over. Drop by for a few hours anytime, or sleep over to show your support!

WHAT: Marc Emery Prison Vigil
WHERE: North Fraser Pretrial, 1451 Kingsway Ave. Port Coquitlam
WHEN: All Day, Every Day

The vigil is taking place at the jail for 24 hours each day. Signs, banners, and information handouts are available. Food and other amenities is provided for those willing to stay for a longer period of time. Please come out and show support for Marc and demand his freedom! Contact [email protected] to get involved.

CLICK HERE to see a photo gallery of the Vigil on Cannabis Culture’s Flickr Page

Here is the Global TV news segment about the protest on Saturday:

Marc Emery is a political prisoner, put behind bars by the Conservative government of Canada until he is handed over to American authorities to serve a 5-year prison term – all for using the funds from selling marijuana seeds to finance peaceful, democratic political groups. The US Drug Enforcement Administration admitted that it was political, as seen in the press release at www.NoExtradition.net

Find out more about Marc Emery and his extradition to the US for selling marijuana seeds IN CANADA.

Marc Emery is available for interviews from prison. Please contact Jodie Emery at 604-818-4201 to arrange an interview with Marc.

For more information, contact Jacob Hunter, at 604-803-4085, or [email protected]

FREE MARC EMERY!

Update: New Photos from the Vigil


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62 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    200,000 unsolved murder cases in America since 1999, and this is a priority…man oh man there are some people who need to feel important in this world. I support Marc and his fight and even if he goes to jail it will only be another testament to the stupidity and embarrassment of the American legal system. Get a real job. Go sell lemonade and you’ll be more useful to this earth.

  2. keytoothed on

    How much are you getting paid by the DEA?

  3. keytoothed on

    You should change your name to hairy-legged Quebec “troll.” Or get laid or something. You sound like a rabid, wounded man-hater.

  4. Brad in Oz on

    I agree with most of what you’re saying, in particular of course any country can make any law banning anything including conspiracy to commit crimes (just look around the world today and in the past), BUT I doubt Marc specifically EVER suggested someone break any country’s law, which is different to actually “promoting” illegal activities.

    Of course the legal interpreatation actually depends on what country you’re in anyway, but (for example) I do know that in Australia (unlike, ironically, the USA) the premise of including a “legal disclaimer” in books describing possibly illegal activities IS NOT considered a valid legal defence allowing the author and publisher to be immune from prosecution. This is at least partially beacause the Office of Film & Literature Classification has to peruse and classify a book to make it legal (unlike in the USA).

    Anyway this “disclaimer” argument possibly follows similar rules (in regards to Marc’s case), so maybe in fact (since the case is to be tried in the USA) Marc could claim that he indeed didn’t ever suggest someone break the law!

    Shit, if I say “overgrow the government” does that mean go purchase the seed of a banned species, then plant and grow that seed? No, I think not!

    Personally (though I’m a little biased) I do believe that the sale of the seeds occured in Canada NOT the USA and hence didn’t break USA law. So good luck Marc.

    Freedom for all species…

  5. Rick Patterson on

    Me Too!

  6. Rick Patterson on

    I am very sorry about the way the US Government is treating you.I am sorry they steal the fruits of my labor and use this money to terrorize you.I am sorry that your country rolled over on you the way they did.I am sorry that so many people are like carnivorous sheep,just waiting to tear the flesh from whomever the US mind controllers choose to demonize.I am sorry for what they did to Tommy Chong,Willie nelson,and so on and so on…I am sorry for all the people in the US who really buy into the freedom thing.In the US you are free,only if you agree.Lastly, in your case I am sorry to be an American.
    You once helped me out at a bad time in my life.Thanks
    You can bet I’ll be pulling for YOU in what ever (sheepish) way I can.
    Baahhhhh!!!!!

  7. TOKER on

    FUCK YOU FUCK THE LAW I LOVE MARIJUANA STRAINS FREE THIS NIGGAH EMERY

  8. Anonymous on

    marc was expecting this. he is glad to take responsibility for breaking the law but rightfully believes he should be punished in his own country. he is being punished far more severely than any other canadian seed distributor because he puts his profits into the political movement thus a political prisoner. he is being an adult, taking responsibility for his actions… he just hopes he can prove that the people are more powerful than the american government by gaining freedom via public support of both americans & canadians. he is being brave and accepting his punishment in the name of legalization.

  9. Anonymous on

    If he is not a political prisoner then why did the DEA say that his arrest “is a significant blow … to the marijuana legalization movement?

    Marc Emery has never been to the U.S.A. so why are they arresting him? He broke their laws in CANADA, so CANADA should be pursuing legal action, not the fuckin U.S.A. Only Americans went to the U.S.A. with Marc Emery merchandise. To break the law abroad you have to be abroad, and when Marc was doing this seed selling he was in Canada trying to have it legalized.

    Marc Emery is a political prison because he was very open is saying that if you send him your money the money will go to legalizing marijuana, and fighting the drug war. If they are cracking down on seed sellers bust ontario seed bank, all the other seed banks in Vancouver etc. why just go after Emery, when the ONLY difference was that Emery would fight the laws… the others wouldn’t.

  10. Dave on

    We don’t smoke or grow because we have to, we do it because we like it. We are not trying to get everyone else to smoke and grow, we just want to be left alone!

    When we talk of legalizing our primary herb, we mean: quality controls, reasonable distributions and dispute resolutions.

    What part of that don’t you bullies understand?

  11. Anonymous on

    Word.

  12. Hairy-legged Quebec Chick on

    It’s about time Marc Emery took some responsibility for his adult actions.
    Quit it with the sniveling worm act.
    What did you think was going to happen?
    Your fake press conferences really suck, too.

  13. Anonymous on

    There are so many people in which defend Marc Emery and there are just as many people that stand against Marc Emery. No matter how society looks at Marijuana it is seen by a lot of people as an illegal drug. Doctors as well are uneducated and they are not for medicinal marijuana, according to the Canadian Federal government, if you get a doctor that agrees and is willing to fill out paperwork and if you have a medical condition you can grow your own medicinal marijuana, because there are so many grow-ops and so much drug trafficking doctors assume that patients are going to traffic drugs. It is a shame, but the roll in which Marc Emery is playing in the provincial and federal government is of a negative one at this point.. If the people do not stand for marijuana the government is never going to change the laws. I realize that there are growers, users and patients that need medicinal marijuana due to an illness or chronic pain. I am sick and tired of the public discriminating against marijuana users it is simple for people to treat it as an illegal substance and to say its illegal so stop breaking the law. But when it all comes down to it a lot of people depend on medicinal marijuana, and it all starts from seeds. I do not condone drug trafficking. If Mark Emery ends up doing 5 years of hard time, I hope that his experience and his voice influence’s the public on how medicinal marijuana is needed and has many users. Let the public that needs weed have weed and the rest of the public does not have to smoke or grow weed.

  14. Anonymous on

    Your stupid ass would go that far for a bag of schwag,don’t lie.

  15. Anonymous on

    Marc Emery is a pansy.

  16. JACK! on

    I would be there in a minute if it were not 2,895 miles away .

  17. Spencer on

    the world doesnt want the prince of pot holding smoke outs at the olympics…….i believe this is a reason why marc is in prison…….marijuana seeds are the healthiest food on earth to put someone in jail for something that can’t get you high and is healthy food is insane.
    The gov’t’s agenda was to get rid of marc in time for the olympics. anyone agree?

  18. Anonymous on

    It’s pointless for Canada to include Cannabis seeds as illegal while the UK completely exempts them. Why should Canadian laws be more repressive than UK laws? Canada does nothing to stop UK seeds being sent here. How is that different from actually selling them here? The effect is an unfair trade imbalance. Since the UK hasn’t seen fit to prohibit seeds even yet, it obviously doesn’t cause any problems to society. How is it that an activity that has been shown to be free of negative effect on society in the UK, selling seeds, is seen in Canada as requiring complete prohibition with prison sentences of up to 7 years? How can Canada justify that under section 1 of the Charter of Rights? The Province is called “British” Columbia, after all.

  19. Anonymous on

    *response to “I’m for the freedom of Marc.”*

    While you are correct that Marc did break a law across international borders and is now paying the penalty, I believe you are equally incorrect when you state that he is not a political prisoner. By definition, according to the Oxford Pocket Dictionary, a political prisoner is, “A person imprisoned for their political beliefs or actions.” This, then, by definition negates your argument. I am not trying to be confrontational, I believe, rather, that we must see things for what they are. Marc has fought, ceaselessly, for the changes that we need to see globally regarding Cannabis. He has presented the information, the documentation, and the outlet for leadership that activists have been waiting for. I am from New Mexico, USA, and I believe that Marc is a fantastic political figure who has, indeed, been imprisoned for what he believes to be right and beneficial.

  20. Anonymous on

    if you think he broke the law you should check out the doc “The Union” and by the end of it if you aent laughing at the marijuanna laws in canada than you are just stupid. the only thing that makes sense out of all of this is thatit doesnt seem to make any sense at all.

  21. A Marc Emery Supporter on

    This quote, friends, is the smoking gun.

  22. A Marc Emery Supporter on

    It would seem to me that the Canadian Postal Service is the one at fault here. When they picked up shipments from Marc’s company, they knew what business he was in and they knew where he was shipping to.

  23. Anonymous on

    That’s true but countries can still use even stricter laws if they want, and they can also prosecute for conspiracy to manufacture. If somebody made a website to sell opium poppy seeds and stated on the site that they were for the purpose of overgrowing the government and then some opium producers got busted and said the seeds came from that site there’s a good chance they would be charged with conspiracy. Had Emery stated that the seeds were intended only for authorized horticultural, medical or scientific purposes then he might have a good defense against conspiracy charges. Emery didn’t do that. He made it very clear that he was selling seeds for cultivation by anyone anywhere for any purpose, particularly, to “overgrow the government”. He could have been charged with conspiring to destroy the government with biological weapons.

  24. Anonymous on

    Emery’s big mouth and his even bigger ego has got him neutered. His seed business is busted – his Vancouver storefront is shut down and his magazine has gone “up in smoke”. He owes close to $500,000 in unpaid federal income taxes and he’s going to a U.S. jail for the next 5 years leaving behind a sobbing wife. He has done nothing to further the cause as evidenced by the most recent Bill C-15 in Parliament.

    Emery is a loud mouth who likes to hear himself talk. They’ll be sending him sunshine in a tin can. Sad, but true.

  25. Anonymous on

    And he technically didn’t break the law IN America… the people who purchased the seeds did, but he never sold them IN America, ya sure he sent them, but he was in Canada – you should NEVER be punished by another country for something you do in your own country. It’s Canada’s responsiblity to punish him if they feel neccesary, NOT the us. The US only cares about him because of the politics, so I think that makes him a political prisoner

  26. Anonymous on

    Few of us Americans have done as much for the rights of Cannabis loving Americans as this Canadian gentleman! Our laws are bullshit but we’re too busy watching the boob tube to get off our asses and do something about it. I for one am thankful for his efforts and I consider him a true hero!

  27. Brad in Oz on

    Adding to my last post from the Sensi Seed Bank site(thanks):

    “Importing, stocking and supplying hemp seed is exempted from regulation under the 1961 u.n. Single Convention on narcotic drugs and affiliated international treaties. ”

    Note that I’m 100% sure a similar exemption exists for internatinal trade in Papaver somniferum seed too.

    Sow the seeds of dissent…and sow them outside the local police station or courthouse or politicians office…

    Never accept someone telling you what to do to with your body…never!

  28. Brad in Oz on

    Hi again movers and shakers;

    I thought I might add that (going from memory) I seem to recall reading two United Nations trade exemptions that exist, specifically:

    – An exemption in the international trade of Cannabis sativa seed

    – An exemption in the international trade of Papaver somniferum (opium poppy) seed

    This is of course because BOTH are excellent food materials for humans and animals, irrespective of their “other” uses.
    (Note that both naturally are free from any illegal drug, but have traces of their main active drugs, THC & Morphine, smeared on their surface)

    So countries which like controlling their citizens private lives, for example the USA and Australia, have had to ban the import and/or sales within their country!

    Note that in Australia hemp crops are now being grown legally in every state, BUT federal law prohibits the sale of hemp seed oil for HUMAN CONSUMPTION ONLY and cannabis seed is ILLEGAL TO POSSESS if it has its seed coats on (even if sterilized!), yet allows the sale of dehulled seed, but again not for human consumption; even though certain processed food products containing cannabis seed are allowed to be sold!?

    Lets hope Marc can defeat the bullshit charges against him by suggesting he didn’t break Canadian law, he didn’t break international law and it was ONLY the buyers who broke USA law.
    (Yeah I don’t hold much hope on that one, but maybe, then again I’m no USA government funded lawyer/s with an unlimited budget and no time limit!)

    He could even claim he was just selling very nutritious food (which it undeniably is), though that one doesn’t claim no law was broken by Marc and we all know that ignorance is (almost always) no excuse in the eyes of the (even completely unjust) law.

    Argentina has figured it out – everyone has the right to do to their body what they wish.
    Maybe someday the rest of the world will wake up too?

    Oh yeah, you can argue all day about whether or not Marc’s a political prisoner; just remember that it’s ignorant politicians who created these fucked up laws, so it always has been a political issue.

    Free Marc now…

  29. Anonymous on

    Anyone who would snatch this godgiven plant out of the hands of those who need it are WITHOUT a soul!

  30. Brad in Oz on

    Just thought I’d give my two (or three…) cents;

    A huge hypocrisy became obvious to me as I read the supposed quote (thanks Qew Carolina) from the former head of the D.E.A. Karen Tandy:

    “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…

    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 one-eyed ignorant zealot from the Dickhead Enforcement Agency failed to see the MASSIVE IRONY in her gleeful words, that is – THE LEGALIZATION/DECRIMINALIZATION OF CANNABIS CAN/WILL ONLY LEAD TO LESS PROFITS FOR ANYONE CURRENTLY SELLING CANNABIS OR SEEDS, SO THE PREMISE THAT MARC WAS ONLY IN IT FOR THE PROFIT IS DEFEATED ANYWAY!!!

    Likewise this illogical PROHIBITIONIST also failed to recognize the RISK (in her point of view) that Marc’s arrest and jailing may well stir up REALISTIC sentament from the masses on both sides of the border.
    Remember Cannadians can only get more pissed at one of their own being incarcerated by the USA for breaking its (not their) laws and that recent (decent) polls in USA suggest at least 60% of the public there wants it legalized, not forgetting that it’s ALREADY LEGAL (albeit in the form of medical use) to some degree in heaps of states too!!!

    Talkin bout a revolution…yes I am…

    But having said all that I believe:

    THE AVAILABLITY OF CANNABIS SHOULD NOT EVER BE USED AS JUSTIFICATION FOR ITS LEGALIZATION, SINCE PLENTY OF OTHER CURRENT CRIMES COULD ALSO BE CONSIDERED COMMON (EG ASSAULT, MURDER ETC) AND THEREFORE WOULD DESERVE LEGALIZATION TOO USING SUCH LOGIC.
    INSTEAD ITS READY AVAILABILITY SHOULD BE USED TO UNDERMINE THE ARGUEMENT THAT LEGALIZATION WOULD LEAD TO MORE WIDESPREAD USE (SOMETHING IN ITSELF WHICH DOESN’T WORRY ME ANYWAY), WHICH IS OF COURSE RIDICULOUS CONSIDERING THE NUMBERS AND DEMOGRAPHICS OF USERS IN “WESTERN” COUNTRIES RIGHT NOW.
    LIKEWISE THE SAME IGNORAMI WHO MAKE SUGGESTIONS LIKE THE ABOVE, ALSO OFTEN STATE THAT THE AUTHORITIES (HEALTH & LAW)ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH ON THEIR PLATE WITH TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL, YET FAIL TO SEE THAT THE BILLIONS SPENT ON LAW ENFORCEMENT COULD BE SPENT ON REAL EDUCATION (NOT THE CURRENT BULLSHIT PROGRAMS TELLING KIDDIES ALL ILLEGAL DRUGS ARE MORE ADDICTIVE AND WORSE HEALTHWISE THAN THE LEGAL ONES).

    REMEMBER TOO THE USA (LIKE AUSTRALIA) HAS EVEN BANNED NATIVE PLANT SPECIES IN THE NAME OF FIGHTING THE DRUG WAR AGAINST ITS OWN PEOPLE EG. THE THREATENED LOPHOPHORA WILLIAMSII “PEYOTE”. SAD AND JUST PLAIN WRONG!

    SPREAD THE WORD, SPREAD THE SEED, SPREAD THE WEED, OVERGROW THE GOVERNMENT

  31. Tennessee Bob on

    Well aren’t you just the little hater. Are you just a blind slave to the law? If it was legal to jump off a bridge would you be behind that law? Well in the U.S.A it’s totally legal to kill yourself with just about any drug that a doctor can give you. Oh, except for one that you can grow yourself cause someone wants to make money off death in this country. So if you support those laws you support evil and death with your mindless soul. And your on the wrong site go take your uneducated opinions to Obama’s website and not this one. Have a great day asshole!

  32. Anonymous on

    why should they turn him over to the US when Canada won’t even charge him

  33. Zedo on

    For a Canadian, IN Canada, selling cannabis seeds is NOT considered a crime.

    The fact that an American citizen decided to buy seeds from a Canadian merchant does not make the merchant’s sale a crime.

    The fact is that the US DEA wishes to completely eradicate cannabis because it interferes with their corporatocracy.

    ANYONE who shows a pro-cannabis stance or attitude is subject to persecution by the American Government BECAUSE our government has granted the DEA “Police powers” to operate in Canada with the assistance of the RCMP.

    So, as strange as it may seem, even though something may not be illegal here, if it is illegal in the US, the American government can arrest their suspects here with the support of the RCMP and extradite without any problems.

    We are no longer Canadians, we are “Citizens of the North American Union” and, therefore, Canadian Domestic Law no longer trumps American Domestic Law…even when it is being applied on Canadian soil and against Canadian citizens.

    It’s sad but true.

  34. Anonymous on

    Stupid DEA is afraid ! They know that people know Marijuana is safer than alcohol. That all the prohibition started with a bunch of Lies.

    In order to stay in power they have to Lie. If weed Is legalized they will lose a lot of power. They’re the real criminals for not allowing sick people to use this wonderful medicine. They must respond for this crime! Why Cannabis still ilegal?

    FREE EMERY!!

  35. Jorge Guerra on

    that’s how you fucking do it, my friend! that’s what I call non-bullshit comment posting on the web. I agree with you one hundred percent

  36. Mikeyy on

    Funny thing that the gov will allow alcohol to be legal and be bought anywhere and yet someone who is trying to give people an alternative to have to use alcohol or prescription drugs is deemed to be a threat to society.
    In my opinion you should be able to grow as much as you want and use as much as you want and im sure this was all brought on by Mr. Bush’s war on drugs yet the soldiers are over in Iraq killing innocent civilians and raided all the wealth that has been hidden their for thousands of years its time for the people of the world to over power these pig headed leaders that are running everything.

  37. Anonymous on

    I have been arrested and jailed for pot myself.I am serving probation in two counties, and am blown away that they can do this to Marc (and myself, for that matter)FOR A PLANT!! Why don’t our lawyers know about this being unconstitutional?

  38. Anonymous on

    For the life of me
    I cant imagine why anyone else does not see this

    The United States Prohibition on Cannabis violates the US constitution in 5 different areas

    As such, the prohibition is un-enforceable.
    The prohibition creates
    3 areas of discrimination
    2 areas of anti-trust
    and the US Govt is committing ongoing Felony Medical Malpractice.

    Similar laws designed to prohibit Cannabis have already been ruled unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in the 1950’s

    If you folks understood how the US Constitution worked and what being an officer of the court means, then you would see how easy it is to eliminate this problem.

    For the record In the United States, all:
    lawyers, judges, cops, & District Attorneys are officers of the court.

    They have an obligation to uphold the US constitution before all else.

    They cannot enforce a law that is in conflict with the US constitution.

    An officer of the court, having taken an oath are committing a crime when they violate someone’s rights or break the law, in an attempt to prosecute someone under laws that are in contravention to the US Constitution.

    I have explained this to sub-NORML, Oaksterdam and to Marc and Jodie. Its like talking to a brick wall.

    All laws in the US (and to some degree around the world) stem from the US Constitution. The prohibition against Cannabis, which is a huge mistake, can be resolved simply from within the system by proving to any judge involved with any cannabis prosecution that its UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!!

    PLEASE WAKE UP AND SMELL THE RIGHTS YOU ARE GIVING AWAY!!!

  39. Kada on

    Your pathetic if you read and rethink what you posted and don’t see you error.

  40. Anonymous on

    Law #1 The majority of Canadians and Americans have to accept marijuana as part of the Earth

    Law #2 The majority of Canadians and Americans have to accept marijuana as part of their national culture

    Law #3 The majority of Canadians and Americans have to accept marijuana as part of their medical apothecary

    Law #4 The majority of Canadians and Americans have to accept marijuana as part of their recreational stimulus

    Law #5 The majority of Canadians and Americans have to be equally warm and friendly to those who do not participate in anything like marijuana

    Law #6 The majority of Canadians and Americans have to be warm and friendly people and be known for this in the eyes of the paranoid

    Law #7 The majority of Canadians and Americans have to go beyond the old method of just “overgrowing” and start “oversharing.” End greed over seed profit.

    Law #8 I will now STFU. Copyright 2009 World Spirit. Permissions pending.

    Law #9 I will not now just STFU. There’s another thing: We need not only a variety of indicas and sativas, we also need a variety in potentcy on a 5-level tier system ranging from: Mild, Neutral, Firm, Strong, Medicinal (or something to that effect).

    Law #10 If none of us talks about it, no senator is going to write a bill for it.

    Refrain from judgmental statements toward one another. Love one another even with standoffish strength.

  41. Anonymous on

    Then why does the US not go after all the other seed sellers in their own country as well as europe? because those other sellers are not political figures that threaten to expose the war on drugs for the counter productive endeavor that it is

  42. Anonymous on

    To those who believe this isn’t political, take a look around and see who is -really- being arrested and penalized for drug offenses. Look at which drugs are being singled out. Look at the recent law that was passed against cloves, flavored rolling papers, and flavored cigarettes in the U.S. For the protection of kids under 18? B.S. Who really is willing to pay the extra money and drive all over town for such things? Even in big cities, they’re expensive and hard to come by. Their own statistical data shows children don’t start on those items — they start on regular tobacco cigarettes that are cheaper and easier to obtain.

    All of these high-profile busts and making yet more items associated with those who are considered counter-culture, non-mainstream groups illegal sure are happening at a rapid pace.

    The U.S. govt has already backed out of oppressing poppy farmers in Afghanistan due to the mess it created. Now the same people see themselves losing ground in the U.S. as well, so they’re turning up the heat. They’re losing debates on television. People are spreading truthful information to others via cheap media transports. Their lies are being exposed. They are running out of older generation individuals who believe in the propaganda due to them dying off, seeing loved ones wrongfully imprisoned, or trying it. They ignited a powder-keg in Mexico that has crippled Mexico and is spilling over into the southern United States in the form of violence and kidnappings.

    They are running out of excuses and support. They are attempting to turn up the heat. They are trying their best to protect their high-paying jobs. They see their cash cow meal ticket evaporating.

    How is that NOT political?

    ————————-

    Want further proof?

    How many U.S. politicians, wealthy people, and high-profile entertainers have been left alone in this war on drugs? Who is routinely being hassled? Who is being imprisoned? Who is having rights taken away? Who is losing voting rights? Not U.S. Presidents… Not conservative talk show hosts… not high profile, wealthy entertainers… Not high profile govt officials…

    When Rush Limbaugh can be caught twice with major drug offenses that should have resulted in felony arrests and removal of his voting privileges — and nothing happens? When Cindy McCain can illegally obtain pain killers and -fire- the person who blew the whistle on her without suffering imprisonment and loss of voting rights? When Obama, George W. Bush, John Kerry, John Edwards, Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin, and a ton of others can publicly admit to using marijuana and not only have voting rights retained but also be allowed to run for (and sometimes win) major elections without penalty?

    The above is just a small portion of the mountain of evidence that exists. To say this all has nothing to do with social structure and politics is not only ridiculous, it’s ignorant.

    Marc Emery is being called a political prisoner because he is being singled out due to his involvement in anti-prohibition activism. That -is- most definitely political.

  43. Anonymous on

    He was breaking the law openly to demonstrate that it is an unjust law. If you believe something is wrong, are you going to let it continue to be wrong? Like Marc said in his final press conference before being handcuffed “Change doesn’t happen in a vacuum” which means of course there needs to be a crisis to change a law that is evil and offers no benefits to public policy. If you were marked as a number 1 target by a foreign country FOR SELLING SEEDS WITH NO VICTIMS OR DEATHS I bet you would want some pity then. Nobody cares how much he sold his seeds for. Yes you can avoid change, but change is for the better sometimes, and this is one of those times where the public knows more than the blind politicians. FREE MARC EMERY AND STOP THIS CONSERVATIVE GARBAGE

  44. nopity johnson on

    Sure its an awful injustice and it should be decriminalized to say the least. Selling seeds should not be a crime and they should not have been able to take him to the US. BUT how can anyone pity this guy he went LOOKING for trouble! ‘Overgrow the government’ statements encouraging people to break the law and going around the country shouting it out till the powers that be took him down. How can one pity his wife either after all she knew exactly what risks they were taking getting into this business they’re now paying the price. It is a terrible injustice no doubt but it could have been easily prevented. The only REAL crime here was the amount of money Marc was charging for his seeds! One plant can produce hundreds if not thousands of seeds easily and he was selling them upwards to 30 dollars per seed at times! If you want us to overgrow the government you’ll have to bring the prices down to a reasonable level or we’ll be broke in no time!

  45. Riptorn Overkill on

    Wow Im reading some of your comments and you guys with your opinions of marc that are at all negative about him really should be ashamed to yourselfs. You guys seem like the oppisiton here and im wondering why you look at such a beautiful and righ in information site. You guys really seem to me to be more of a DEA mentality and we don’t like your kind here. So why don’t you guys with your negative perspect of marc go somewhere else. This man did nothing wrong. I think you guys are the ones who support these evil laws. Goodbye. I pray for your souls.

  46. Adam on

    This is how faceless, cowardly anonymous kops defend their jobs. Cowardly. Ironically it’s the only way they figure out how the rest of the world really feels about the things that come out of their stupid mouths (like “should of”…(sic) get your God damn GEDs).

    Don’t be fooled people, the only type of person who comes into here and preaches cut-and-dry law and order are people who will have easier lives if you just shut up, and go to jail nicely without blaming them.

  47. Anonymous on

    you obviously know nothing about the extradition. get your facts straight before you start posting you stupid goof

  48. jrgreenmind on

    in 13 U.S.states I can buy med seed’s easy,I planted 6 on the 28th just for mark,the Males will live to serve.keep your head up Jodie,don’t be sad.For every evil action there is a positive reaction!And love always wins in the end.

    the Law is wrong and America knows it.to bad the government laughs at its citizens.but we always have the last laugh and we laugh the hardest.

    Free Mark,free weed,free seed’s for all.

  49. jrgreenmind on

    in 13 U.S.states I can buy med seed’s easy,I planted 6 on the 28th just for mark,the Males will live to serve.keep your head up Jodie,don’t be sad.For every evil action there is a positive reaction!And love always wins in the end.

    the Law is wrong and America knows it.to bad the government laughs at its citizens.but we always have the last laugh and we laugh the hardest.

    Free Mark,free weed,free seed’s for all.

  50. Grandma420 on

    Rediculous! OJ doesn’t go to jail when he kills Nicole yet Marc gets 5 years for selling pot seeds and being an activist? Everyone needs to pull together and write their congress to release him. Write the president, I did. Make noise! Make it known! Make a scene! We need to get him free….PLEASE!

  51. Anonymous on

    HERE IS OUR CHANCE TO FREE MARC EMERY!!

    CANADIANS UNITE, ITS OUR TURN TO DO SOMETHING FOR MARC AND JODIE, OUR COUNTRY, OURSELVES! ITS TIME FOR US TO BE MARC’S VOICE!! LETS STAND UP AND FREE MARC FROM THIS UNLAWFUL, UNJUST EXTRADITION!MARC EMERY IS WITHOUT A DOUBT IN ANYONES MIND A “POLITICAL PRISONER” WE WILL RALLY FOR MARC AND JODIE EVERYDAY UNTIL HE IS SET FREE!!!!!

    My husband and I just learned about the vigil and we are leaving at 3:00am from southern B.C. for a ten hour trip to HELP FREE MARC EMERY!! Lets do this. I must say I cannot watch Jodie talk about her loss without breaking down, my heart goes out to both of you. The beautiful, amazing LOVE the two of you share is going to see all of us through this!! You two are the most amazing, kind hearted, compassionate people in the world and an INSPIRATION to millions!! Lets help Jodie Emery free her husband! FREE MARC EMERY!!

  52. Anonymous on

    Of course it’s political, what else explains theis quote?

    “Today’s DEA arrest of Marc 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…. Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.” –Former DEA administrator Karen Tandy

  53. Anonymous on

    It use to be illegal for women to vote. It was once illegal to drink booze. It was once illegal for black people to sit in the front of the bus……It may be illegal to have seeds or leaves in your pocket, but that doesnt mean the law is right! Some laws need to be broken to change them. This law is complete bullshit, and you are saying he deserves 5 years?! You are a wimp.

  54. Seeds are not crimes on

    Dont be so foolish. 5 years for selling seeds. Of course its political. There are hundreds of other sites which sell seeds in the USA and Canada. The DEA had a bounty on Emery and came to Canada to arrest him. Read the whole story, because its too long to explain. But it is political, read about it then you will know. 5 years for selling seeds, he paid taxes for this business to the Canadian govt, and the Conservatives are going to extradite him, for selling seeds!!! If you pussies think selling seeds is a crime worth 5 years, you will beleive anything Harper says.

  55. Anonymous on

    You should of never broke the law in the US and only sold in Canada and then give those profits to the political groups, but you wanted to test waters in the Drug war ridden land of America and now you pay for it. Simple..

  56. Anonymous on

    I’m for the freedom of Marc but whoever made the article is bullshitting.

    Marc is not a political prisoner, he broke the law abroad and is paying for it.

    If he was jailed for giving his own legally hard earned money to the political groups then he is a political prisoner but he broke the law and is paying for it.