Marijuana Party Member: ‘We Intend to Hound the Conservative Government and Piss on Their Corn Flakes’

As the leader of the B.C. Marijuana Party, Marc Emery faces extradition to the United States. That leaves the future of the grassroots cannabis-fueled lobby group in doubt. But according to a local weed activist, the charge could spark further publicity for possible pot legalization.

As Mik Mann smoked a marijuana joint in his home Monday, he noted that the five-year sentence faced by Emery for mailing seeds to buyers has created a catalyst among those who want anti-pot laws ousted.

“I think Marc’s being set up as a martyr, or at least something to that degree,” he said while leaning back in his office chair and taking a long puff. “I think this will shock and outrage people to take action.”

Mann, who was the party’s candidate in Victoria in 2001 and then in Port Alberni in 2005, is a veteran of the marijuana legalization push and is often considered by the party to be a go-to guy for anyone wanting to become involved in the movement.

“We intend to hound the Conservative government and piss on their corn flakes,” he said.

He noted that the Marijuana Party wants the Conservatives to stop their “tough on crime” campaign. It has seen bills in the last several months that call for a six month minimum prison sentence for small-time pot growers and the ousting of two-for-one credit for time served in remand centres, which Mann said could lead to overpopulation in jails.

“Jails are going to be taken up by a bunch of pot heads,” he said. “I hope this kind of thing really gets people paying attention to what the Conservative government is doing, at a $10-billion expense.”

But the Marijuana Party won’t be without their leader, as Emery prepares for his sentencing trial in Seattle, set to take place in nearly two weeks.

The often dubbed ‘Princess of Pot’ Jodie Emery, Marc’s wife, said her husband will continue to fight for the marijuana culture throughout B.C.Jodie said she has recently worked with Marc to develop strategies where she can complete activism tasks, and to promote the elimination of prohibition.

“We will have an enormous protest outside the court house at the sentencing hearing, letting everyone know that people want Marc to be sent home,” she explained. “The judge is not bound by the five-year [sentencing]agreement, but most judges don’t sway from that.”

Marc agreed to serve five years in prison to avoid a sentence that could possibly exceed 30 years, according to U.S laws.

From his cell, Marc will advise his wife about what needs to be accomplished. “Nothing much will change, except for the noticeable absence of Marc, who is wonderfully upbeat and optimistic,” she said.

But Jodie said much of the activism will be done by of the Green Party, after the two parties agreed to amalgamate in January 2009.

Jodie recently accepted the position as the director-at-large of the B.C. Green Party.

“After the Green Party adopted legalization, there was no need for the Marijuana Party,” she noted. “We still let people use the Marijuana Party name to complete activism tasks in their respective communities.”

Emery was ordered to be extradited on Monday, May 10, after the ‘Prince of Pot’ ended his five-year fight where he tried to avoid facing the heavy hand of U.S. courts.

– Article from Times Colonist.


Port Alberni pot prince protests in local MP’s office

by Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, Alberni Valley News

A local man rolled marijuana joints inside Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney’s Port Alberni constituency office Tuesday morning to protest the federal extradition of a popular pot enthusiast.

Mik Mann, who also heads up the local chapter of the marijuana political party, sat inside the doorway of Lunney’s office taking pot out of a silver tin and rolling marijuana joints.

“It’s Burmese homegrown,” Mann said as he sprinkled pungent small green leaves onto a rolling paper. “I grow it myself at home.”

Mann says he is protesting the federal government’s recent decision to extradite Canadian citizen Marc Emery to the US, where he is to serve a five-year prison sentence for selling pot seeds to US customers via the Internet.

“I had better things to do with my day than this,” Mann said. “But duty calls.”

Mann’s protest coincides with others that are being staged across the country.

Port Moody-Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam MP James Moore’s office was the site of similar protest last week and others are scheduled in the weeks to come, Mann said.

Rolling pot joints inside Conservative MPs’ offices is a unique form of protest, but Mann says he and others have no choice.

Mann says he is particularly concerned with the proposed federal S-10 bill. If legislated, the bill would enact mandatory minimum prison sentences of six to nine months for growing six or more marijuana plants, and 12-18 months for making hashish.

The bill will succeed only in plugging jails with people who have committed victimless crimes, Mann said. “Besides – I’ve seen figures that show 50 per cent of Canadians want pot laws relaxed.”

Mann and others have tried to lobby the federal government for relaxed pot laws, but to no avail. “They refuse to debate the issue of relaxing pot laws in this country,” he said. “They won’t listen to us, so we’re going to ramp it up with things like this and take it to them.”

An RCMP officer arrived at the office and spoke to Mann, but although marijuana was in full view no arrest was made. “I’ve got a medical license to use and carry it because of spinal arthritis,” Mann said. “And I didn’t smoke it in the building – that’s illegal.”

RCMP responded to calls from the office. “We were there to respond to the concerns of a constituency worker and to ensure he wasn’t there for a criminal purpose,” RCMP Sgt. Kevin Murray said. “Our member spoke to him and it was a peaceful protest.”

Lunney is familiar with Mann and heard about the incident. While he respects Mann’s right to protest, he’s clear about Emery’s rights.

Mann was the Marijuana party candidate who ran against Lunney in the last federal election.

“I understand Mik was well behaved this morning and I appreciate that,” Lunney said. ”But Marc Emery is no hero.”

Emery repeatedly broke US law when he sold marijuana seeds to customers there “…and there was a consequence to that.”

Some citizens disagree with posted speed limits for instance, but they set themselves up for consequences if they repeatedly violate them, Lunney said.

“You might get away with it a few times, but you’ll get stung if you do it habitually.”

– Article from Alberni Valley News.

Comments

15 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    The USA is also extraditing Jamaican Drug Gang leader as well

  2. Anonymous on

    Dick Cheney would benefit every extra democrat Gonzales put in jail? You can search it out!

  3. Anonymous on

    THey Actually sell prison stocks..??? WHAT THE FUUU##########)))))(*&^%$^&*(*&^%$^&*(
    DUMB society, PRISON STOCKS, What an Ignorant society!!!!!

  4. Anonymous on

    Increases in the price pot in conjunction with decreases in the street value of heroin and or cocaine, have shown to bring increased occurrences of weapons violence. The Harper’s minority religious right would have themselves believe that increasing the number of people in Canadian prisons will somehow will lead to less demand for marijuana. But I am convinced that even the neo cons would not be aware that the only control that will ever be successfully put on the marijuana market is legalization! But then again this is the same minority religious right group that will not give Canadian taxpayer dollars to Canadian charities that aid in abortions for women who’s child was conceived through rape by a military that may or may not have the support of the Canadian Government. Dick Cheney is the largest shareholder of publicly traded Texas Prison stocks?

  5. Adam on

    whereas absolutely nobody on earth can even see your anonymous face. Way to prove you’re not the worst kind of hypocrite.

    I haven’t even gone back and read the article to make you look stupid, I can still remember the discussion of his work with the Marijuana party. That makes Mr. Mann a politician and it makes you a fucking retard.

  6. Anonymous on

    Yeah right you have something better to do today. Its not like you have job. Look at you.

  7. Graham on

    I have to point out that it was NOT the conservative government that introduced exemption cards, as DoyBoy suggests. It was the Liberals. The conservatives do not introduce forward thinking bills.

  8. Anonymous on

    The chain all along, every person on the planet is on a chain, you live to support oil companies and the politics your chained to. If the government felt sorry for someone than there are a few judges who know its bad laws.
    You don’t make this look any better than your other comments. you think med marijuana patients are in any position to piss on the government, they got their weed, but there are tonnes of people who won’t get anything close to a prescription for med marijuana when they should get it too. So your confused on who your trying to intimidate. It seems to be a problem for you to notice someone got house arrest instead of prison. You like prison, go do some crimes and you’ll be satisfied if you think smoking kush is being lucky, YES, house arrest with purple kush – seems to work alright in the end don’t you think? Your still jealous you didn’t see someone go to prison for it, your a fucking homo!

  9. Dave on

    Actually dog-breath, if he’s protesting and says he had other things to do then we are not prisoners to pot. It actually help direct our energies to more positive activities. In other words, it doesn’t make us listless; it helps us get involved doing good in our communities. You on the other hand, do nothing but shit on people from your desktop. Have a fucking toke and grow up!

    It seems, by their posts, a lot of these vocal prohibitionist are borderline illiterates? Maybe that’s why the bullies have no trouble filling the cavity between their ears!

  10. Anonymous on

    Just make sure you keep all your assets safe from the government, put them in the name of a numbered corporation or something. You don’t want some fat-ass cop driving around in YOUR Escalade, do you? Well, that’s what’ll happen if you don’t take sensible precautions.

  11. Anonymous on

    I just hope they don’t have to start double bunking. Since they went smoke free, the private suite Canadian prisons are a nice break from the hectic world. Who the hell wants to cook their own meals and wash their own clothes anyway? So you do a few months, whoopee. Not a bad sacrifice for being able to grow a full 200 plants. Grow huge ones so they yield a kilo each.

    As long as you’re not a vegetarian or anything, you’ll love Canadian prison. Marc Emery says of Canadian prisons “they’re very professionally run”. It’s a pure business transaction. You show up, they provide for your needs at taxpayer expense, everybody’s happy. Once you’ve done your first 6-9 month stretch, you’ve already got a criminal record so no reason not to do it a few more times.

    What other profession gives you a 6-9 month paid leave of absence every few years? Haven’t you ever wished you could just lock the rest of the world out for a while, so nobody could bug you? Well now you can, thanks to the generous Harper government. No bill collectors, no mothers in law. Ooooh yeah, sweet steel and concrete. Let’s see them get through that. You even get a free prostate exam when you check in. I’d hate to be the guy with that job, huh? Wonder how long he has to scrub after work before he’s satisfied he gets the smell off. I hope they still give you a free suit when you leave. Not a crappy one either.

  12. PISSED OFF AMERICAN on

    but you insult the canine species by calling yourself a dog. What have you ever done besides type your pathetic rantings on a pro-cannabis site? Nothing! Your just another piece of dog shit, probably a DEA pig of some sort, you will get what you deserve.

    It sounds to me that your a self castrated P.O.S.

  13. Anonymous on

    I can only encourage all the people who reads this notice if they are able to do so to grow as many cannabis plants as possible everywhere, all the suburbs in all houses, in the city in all houses,on the roof ,anywhere they can ,and everywhere is possible…This is a wonderful hobby with lots of rewards but most of all we want the harper government to be so pissed off they re going to build prisons everywhere and put all the growers in jail…Canada is to become a totalitarian state with prisons everywhere…but look at the bright side… well be fed and housed at the crowns expense and will just have to do light work in prison…
    Mr.Harper your government is going to be outrooted for good and you will be outgrown very soon..it is just a matter of time…for you..but…the cannabis plant has been around for 10000 years and will still be around in 12 010 AD but thank god you will not be around anymore with your depasse principles reminiscent of anslinger era.

  14. ray christl on

    Everyday in North America, shot the dogs and even DOGBOY doesn’t want that.Pot smoke is the least effective modus to heal.We have many minds to comfort,just use love and respect. Antithetical people we should welcome,and the effort to construct counter-comments.Bravo. Stay away from LOGICAL FALLACY and over-emotive quips.One love..destiny HEMP EXTRACT RESIN OIL heals cancer and your life. That’s a MACHINE or true REMEDY

  15. DogBoy on

    so a dump bear old stoner wants to piss in our governments corn flakes?

    Go ahead

    this is the same government
    who has issued you a
    medical marijuana exemption card
    we cam all see that
    you have been on their chain
    all along

    and whats even more pathetic’= you applied for the position
    of second class dope stooge
    and were approved
    because someone in Ottawa felt sorry for you
    and figured house arrest by Purple Kush
    was easier than picking you up raging
    at the intersection
    of Corn Flake & Sliced Banana

    only one question remains concerning
    your unique offer to irrigate bureaucratic breakfast cereal

    _ will you be staying for lunch?