Worldwide Rally to Free Marc Emery in Photos and Video

CANNABIS CULTURE – Over 80 cities in countries around the world took part in the Worldwide Rally to Free Marc Emery on May 22, 2010, in protest of the extradition to the US of the Prince of Pot.

Here are some photos, videos, and news reports from rallies around the globe.

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More than 100 supporters gathered in Victory Square park near Vancouver’s Pot Block (Cambie St. and Hasting St.) for speeches by Jodie Emery, David Malmo-Levine, Dana Larsen, Chris Bennett and other activists who called for Marc Emery’s return to Canada and an end to the War on Drugs.

Jodie Emery

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Chris Bennett

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Dana Larsen

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Marijuana activists protest extradition of “Prince of Pot”
by CTV

Dozens of people protested on Parliament Hill Saturday in defence of Marc Emery, Canada’s self-described “Prince of Pot.”

Emery was extradited to the United States Thursday, where he will spend five years in jail.

The marijuana activist was arrested in 2005 for mailing cannabis seeds across the border from Canada to the States.

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Sudbury, Ontario

Rally calls for pro-pot advocate to be released

About 40 pot smokers and their supporters gathered at Memorial Park in Sudbury on Saturday afternoon as part of a day of protest across the globe in support of Marc Emery — Canada’s so-called Prince of Pot.

“I’m really happy everyone came out today,” said Kayla Guse, one of the organizers of the Sudbury rally. “It’s to create awareness about what happened with Marc Emery and his extradition and pretty much to show the government that we are not going to sit around and do nothing.”

Rallies to support Emery were held in more than 100 locations in 11 countries on Saturday.

Emery, a Vancouver-based promarijuana activist, was extradited to the United States on Thursday after Justice Minister Rob Nicholson gave the green light. He sold seeds over the Internet to people in the U.S.

He faces five years in jail in exchange for pleading guilty. Canadian authorities have known about Emery’s seed-selling business for a long time and have, for the most part, ignored it.

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On May 22 many supporters gathered downtown Toronto infront of the Us Consulate to protest the extradition of Marc Emery. We were also joined by 80 other cities in many different countries around the globe as this day pushes the freedom of Marc and our rights as Canadians. FREE THE PRINCE, FREE THE POT

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  1. Anonymous on

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  2. ReegzThReeferman on

    damn no way to edit. thats the “top of two heads”

  3. ReegzThReeferman on

    The energy was great that day! Something that is unfortunately very hard to capture with a camera.

    side note/hijack

    hehe you can see the top of to heads in the frame for some of the the first Jodie video. My head and my fiancée’s head….

  4. renney b. on

    the powers that be continue to inflict harm and danger on the cannabis population around the globe but, we keep on fighting for the legalization of this holy herb… marijuana and the many casualties that have come from the war on drugs have shown us of the many wrong things governments are doing to our people around the world… one blessed plant that is a panacea for almost all sickness and diseases have threatened their big money cooperations thus the persecution of this ancient culture… ‘cannabis is so good, bob marley once said; i don’t know why they say we should not use it’… the great potential of cannabis needs to be set free so the world can be saved from the greed, brutality and abuse that the prohibitionist are engaging in right now… legalize cannabis, free marc emery and free m.e. to make healthy choices for my life…

  5. Johnny on

  6. Anonymous on

    add to that there would be multiple other countries willing to address this problem also. I do not see how it would end up being a single country issue.

  7. Anonymous on

    I think history proves that “words on paper” are easily changed.
    It’s the minds of men that prove difficult.
    If people around the world or in any certain single country arise with sufficient determination and unity they can and have in the past, time and time again, imposed their will upon the unreasonable few.
    Once this plant achieves its due place it is reasonable to assume that war, government and commerce will also change.

  8. Anonymous on

    Block rockin’ beat fo’ sho’, the Oslo bro got the Rastafari flow and they roll the dro in the combat zone, watchin’ out for the Predator drone wanna clip they wings.

  9. Rotten Johnny on

    By the powers of fate I was in Vancouver last weekend and was a participant in the “Free Marc” Rally. I’m from the States and have been incarcerated on numerous occasions for Cannabis offenses. Hearing that Marc is now in the “system” and that his own countrymen gave him up to the states is disturbing. The States should have no right to extradite him from his own country and convict him here, but sadly that is and what has been occurring for too long. I applaud and praise the Cannabis Culture Crew for organizing a rally that exercises a citizens right to free speech and displays a strong support for a man and cause that, by natural law, ought to be liberated. Much love and support for Mr. Emery and the cause from the states…

  10. Anonymous on

    Nice videos. This Cannabis activism stuff is fun, isn’t it? Sadly, there is essentially no chance at all that legalization will happen in our lifetime. Hate to be a party pooper and all but these are the facts. Countries are very limited in what they can do in regard to lower penalties for Cannabis, by what they refer to as “the three Conventions”, these being the 1961, ’71 and 88 Conventions on narcotics and/or psychotropic substances. Here’s the fallout;

    “Interpretations of Canada’s International Obligations

    Given the wording of their provisions and arguments concerning the intention of the drafting parties, the UN Conventions have been subject to a variety of interpretations.(5) For example, although article 36 of the Single Convention requires the production and possession of drugs to be “punishable offences,” it does not expressly state that the offences must be criminal. Further, the obligation to attach adequate punishment, such as imprisonment, to “serious offences” suggests that minor offences may have less severe consequences.(6) While article 3 of the Trafficking Convention requires Canada to establish a “criminal offence” under domestic law for the possession and cultivation of narcotic substances, paragraph 11 of that article recognizes that the description of offences is reserved to each country and that offences shall be punished in conformity with domestic law.
    A. Views Expressed in Parliamentary Reports

    The House of Commons Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs summarized some of the opposing views regarding Canada’s international obligations relating to marijuana in its December 2002 report:(7)

    … Interpretations as to the limitations [the three Conventions] may impose are numerous and varied, particularly with respect to cannabis products. For example, it has been argued that the intention of Article 36 of the Single Convention was “for the prohibition on possession to be limited to possession for the purposes of trafficking.”(8) Conversely, the Le Dain Commission expressed the view that Article 36 of the Single Convention would oblige Canada to make possession of “cannabis, cannabis resin, and extracts and tincture of cannabis, a punishable offence” [i.e., even for personal use].(9) Nevertheless, it is apparent that some European Parties to the three Conventions have managed to find ways to attenuate the impact of their drug laws without necessarily removing prohibitions. …(10)

    It may be that the legalization (or repeal of prohibitions) of any of the substances covered by the United Nations Conventions would place Parties in a position of non-compliance. That said, the impact of a small or incremental change is much less clear. For example, an official from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade told the Committee “[t]he consensus view in the Department of Foreign Affairs legal community would be that it is not possible to decriminalize cannabis and to be in conformity with the three conventions.” However, the same official also said “Parties do have some latitude with respect to the penalties and sanctions they can implement to be in conformity with the conventions,” and the requirement to make some things criminal offences “does not limit the thresholds at which certain activities need to be criminal offences, so it would be possible to assert certain thresholds.”(11) The Committee believes those comments mean that Canada does have some leeway, within the limits of the Conventions, to alter the nature of the legal consequences that may flow from offences under domestic laws like the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and/or the point at which various penalties will attach. …

    The House of Commons Special Committee’s report indicates that despite differing interpretations that may be given to the UN Conventions, a balanced view is that Canada would not be contravening its international obligations if it chooses to prohibit the production and possession of small amounts of cannabis by means short of criminal measures, and chooses to require a greater quantity of possession or production before criminal sanctions apply. The key point is that under Canada’s currently proposed legislation, possession and production of small amounts of marijuana would not be legalized but would remain prohibited. Penalties in the form of fines would still attach to minor cannabis-related infractions; and the possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana, possession of more than 1 gram of hashish, and production of more than three marijuana plants would be subject to criminal punishment, including the possibility of imprisonment.

    In its September 2002 report,(12) the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs also concluded that Canada has some flexibility in meeting the requirements of its UN obligations. The Committee cited three factors: the Conventions recognize the primacy of national legal systems; sanctions on possession apply only to possession for the purpose of trafficking (i.e., not possession for personal use); and the Conventions impose moral obligations on states, and not legal obligations. Although the second factor would not apply to lower penalties for the production of three marijuana plants or less, as would exist under Canada’s proposed legislation, the decriminalization of the production of small amounts of marijuana for personal use would arguably remain justifiable on the basis that Canada’s international obligations are subject to its particular constitutional, legal and administrative systems.
    B. Views Expressed by International Bodies

    An interpretation that countries have flexibility in determining the penalties that attach to minor drug offences is also available from comments made by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which monitors compliance with the provisions of the international drug control treaties. In its 2003 Annual Report, the INCB strongly disapproved of disparities in the punishment of drug trafficking offences across countries, but stated that “diversity and differences in the approach used by States regarding penalties and sanctions for the same class of minor offences are appropriate.”(13) The fact that Australia, several European countries, and several states of the United States have already decriminalized marijuana to some extent would also demonstrate an emerging consensus that international obligations are not contravened by the reduction of penalties associated with minor cannabis-related offences.

    On the other hand, the INCB responded disapprovingly to a 2001 change in Portugal’s law, which no longer applies penal sanctions but rather administrative penalties, such as fines or other limitations of rights, to the illicit use, possession and acquisition for personal use of all drugs. The INCB “reminded” states that article 3 of the Trafficking Convention (reproduced above) requires the establishment of a criminal offence for the listed drug activities.(14) It should be noted, however, that Canada’s proposed legislation, unlike that of Portugal, would not apply to all drugs and would make the possession and production of small amounts of marijuana a “contravention” and not an “administrative” offence. This distinction should be taken into consideration in any analysis of whether a sufficient prohibition within the meaning of the Trafficking Convention remains.(15)

    In summary, while there are opposing views on the matter, there is a general consensus that Canada’s proposed decriminalization of marijuana would not contravene the UN Conventions to which Canada is a party. This consensus is notably reinforced by the fact that the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, which assists countries in the implementation of the international drug treaties, endorsed Canada’s initial marijuana legislation in 2003 as complying with the UN Conventions. It should be noted, however, that Canada’s proposed bill at the time did not reduce the penalties for production of three marijuana plants or less.(16)”

    So it appears that they could decriminalize possession of 30 grams of weed or a gram of hash (must be real potent hash, 30x weed) but that’s about as far as they could ever go without being in noncompliance with the Conventions. So legalization is a nice dream but that’s all it will ever be in our lifetime, unless you can convince the entire world to agree to do so, and that’s unlikely, considering they still have it in Schedule 1. First they would have to reschedule it. They haven’t even got as far as accepting THAT possibility yet. Legalization is RIGHT out, as the British would say.

    You can rail against the injustice of this situation if you want but I don’t think anyone in any position to actually make such changes is even slightly interested in doing so. You will always need a prescription to legally possess Cannabis. The Conventions specify that prescriptions are required even for lower scheduled drugs than Cannabis. This is just the reality of the situation. Having these big get togethers with the signs and stuff is a nice day out though, if you don’t mind advertising the fact that you regularly break the law.

  11. parksvillain on

    Nice work Jodie and crew. You guys are inspirational.
    It feels irie to watch you speak the truth for all to hear.
    Keep up the hard work, we’re so close now it seems.

  12. ray christl THC Ministry on

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