The wife of Canada’s “Prince of Pot” admits she is terrified when the phone rings when her husband isn’t home because it’s often bad news.
Marijuana crusader and advocate Marc Emery has often had to call his wife Jodie from a police detachment as he has been arrested for flouting Canada’s marijuana laws. The Emerys dread a phone call they believe could come as early as Tuesday from their lawyer, telling them Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has signed extradition papers and Marc must turn himself in to Canadian authorities.
Following that, he will be taken to the United States border and turned over to American authorities so he can begin serving a five-year jail term for selling marijuana seeds in America.
The Emerys were in Nanaimo on Saturday at Vancouver Island University, where they spoke to approximately 50 people — in a smoke-free room — before the showing of the video The U.S. vs Marc Emery. They were the guests of VIU’s Hempology Club.
The couple contends that the Canadian government is starting to follow what they call the “misguided” approach of the U.S.
“The American war on drugs has led to U.S. jails being full of people who just wanted the freedom to use marijuana,” said Marc. “The (Stephen) Harper government is bringing in the Americanization of our justice system and the opposition isn’t doing anything to prevent it because they are scared of being labelled ‘soft on crime.'”
The “threat” to society is not the marijuana seeds Emery sold through his Cannabis Culture magazine.
“Be much more afraid of the Harper government than seed sellers or pot growers,” said Jodie.
She cited the Conservative government’s efforts to bring in mandatory minimum sentences and the proposed Bill C-6, the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, as the real threat to “free-thinking” Canadians.
“This bill would give the government the right to come on your property if they suspect you are growing cannabis or even ginseng and it’s all under the guise of safety,” said Jodie. “What it is really about is control. The only reason government and laws exist is to stop you from doing something you might want to do and they don’t want you to do or to make you do something that you don’t want to do.”
The couple were scornful of the Canadian government’s decision to turn Marc over to U.S. authorities so he could serve his negotiated five-year sentence south of the border.
“If it’s illegal to sell seeds in Canada, which it is,” said Marc, “then you should be charged, tried, convicted and sentenced to a Canadian prison.”
When asked why he agreed to enter into a plea bargain with U.S. prosecutors, Marc said it was either that or risk spending a lot more time in prison.
“When you are facing life and they offer you a deal for five years, you make the deal.
“It will be really difficult when we get the call from Marc’s lawyer telling us it is time for Marc to turn himself in.”
– Article from The Nanaimo Daily News.