Free From 21 Days of Torturous Isolation

At 6:00pm on Thursday, June 24th, I was finally released from solitary confinement after three weeks of isolation.

The Disciplinary Hearing Officer was very gracious (in so much as I was in solitary for 21 days) and agreed that the phone use infraction – the podcast to supporters that was never released – was minor in the big picture. He made it a “397” which involves no loss of good time (the discount of 15% a year on my sentence). He also said “Everyone here knows you are famous and it was a shout-out to your supporters that was not harmful, and we know you didn’t criticize the Federal Detention Centre, but you can’t do third-party political lobbying over the phone.” So lesson learned. I don’t have phone access until July 25th, but at least I can “email” Jodie through CorrLinks and have visits in person, instead of the cruel “video visits” they’ve recently designated for inmates in solitary confinement.

The staff here are acknowledging me more than before as a “famous” person of repute. I was always friendly and polite to the guards, never hostile, angry or sarcastic. I always said “thank you” when they brought me food or un-handcuffed me. Eventually they said, “you’re welcome” in response. 21 days in the hole toughened me up, made me appreciate things. I have no interest in anger, defiance or protest from within these prison walls. I was totally polite and along with the program all my time in solitary. I am not interested in breaking rules or causing trouble in here. I’m just so relieved not to be in the torturous SHU unit. That’s plain mind-bending, being in isolation…

I received 30 letters on Thursday, and 28 the day before. There are some heartfelt ones I will respond to when I get more stamps. On Friday I got 35 letters – I’m very grateful that people are writing to me, and I will spend time writing back to as many as possible. I was under incredible strain and mental duress for those 21 days in “the hole”, but now I am swamped with work once again: so many letters to respond to, all of books to read now that I have access to them again, and many ideas to develop. I couldn’t sleep my first night back in general population, unit DB, “Delta Bravo”. I ate a huge lunch Friday! Other inmates gave me their extra salad and salsa, and I ate everything they poured on my tray. I could tell they were thinking, “Look at him eat, holy Jeezus!” I lost 15 pounds or so since I’ve been imprisoned, but I’m eating more now that I’m out of isolation and have access to bigger food servings.

One interesting thing happened in solitary on Monday June 21st, when the first MacLean’s magazine of my subscription arrived (thankfully I was able to get newspapers and magazines, but they ultimately took up very little of the constant 24-hour deprivation each day). I devoured the whole issue in one day and, as I was reading about the new prime minister of Japan and Alannis Morrisette’s wedding and other news items on page 12, I came across a news blurb about me being put in solitary confinement – which I read as I sat right there in solitary confinement! That made my day, knowing that people are still following my story. Same with the June 13th issue of the Seattle Times; I got that and, wow, a full page about me! The Disciplinary Hearing Officer said, “everyone here knows you are famous,” and indeed they do know. That’s probably what created the crisis; they really didn’t know what to do with me. They ended up boosting my reputation and the FREE MARC campaign in a way that would otherwise not have happened. 21 days in solitary is near torture for any ordinary innocent human being.

In newspapers, I saw photos of how Toronto looked leading up to the G8 and G20 security. They make Toronto look so ugly with all those fences and para-military. It’s insane to spend $1 billion on “security”, and scares away tourists. These meetings accomplish nothing. How come with all those cops in Toronto can’t stop the one thing they are supposed to do, and prevent street mayhem and disorder? I mean, there must be cameras everywhere, surely the cops could move in and arrest these hooligans – unless, as many suspect, the “Black Bloc” vandals are really cops acting as agent provocateurs. But even then, if it’s cops, it still shows that for $1 billion they still can’t stop or deter street disorder, so they may as well have not spent any money at all. Either scenario undermines the rationale for spending $1 billion on security.

Jodie has been sending me news stories about the blatant police abuse and assaults in Toronto. The police seem to go crazy at these G20 or G8 events. I’m sort of glad that journalists and media were scooped up so perhaps people can see what Canada is like in Harper-vision. I sure hope Canadians are very disturbed and will punish the Conservative Party in the next election by supporting and voting for the candidates who can unseat the Conservative members of Parliament. The Conservatives are at new lows in the polls of 30%, and the Greens at 12.5% (which is close to the vote they got in the last election, yet they unfairly did not get any seats – what a “democracy”!). Let’s have an election, for goodness sakes! The speculation that the Liberals & Conservatives form a coalition is absurd. The Liberals can govern fine with the NDP in a coalition with the support of the Bloc. The Conservatives have burned those bridges by playing so dirty the last 4 years.

My cellmate likes to read late, which is good since I also have a lot of reading and writing to do. It may be possible to get my own cell, because a large number of inmates currently here are being shipped out next week. The only thing is, I would likely get a cell mate eventually, and my cell mate now is probably as good as you could get for a “cellie” (as they’re called), so I’m not sure that’s preferable in the longer run.

When lunch was served on Saturday, I was very hungry. They haven’t made my diet “no flesh” (vegetarian) yet, as they haven’t transferred instructions from SHU (Segregated Housing Unit, “the hole”). Lunch was chicken and potatoes and mixed frozen-type vegetables. I saw from the return trays most people left various parts, as the quality is very poor, but I devoured it all: threw all those mixed vegetables in, added the potatoes, stripped the chicken off the bones, added the gravy, and ate that down like a starving African. I would have eaten the other guy’s meal, too! Go to solitary for 3 weeks and you don’t complain about food much after that. You can’t wait for mealtime. I actually had an apple on Sunday (it was a Red Delicious; in solitary you just got unripe Granny Smith apples) and banana Saturday; any fruit is definitely appreciated. My stomach had shrunk from the reduction in food volume while in “the hole”.

On July 4th, Independence Day here in the USA, Jodie is coming to visit and we’ll be able to have a photo taken together! She’s coming for the weekend, which she will hopefully do every weekend with the generous support of fans and friends. So we get to see each other on Friday the 2nd and Sunday the 4th (visits are only allowed every other day). I found out that inmates who have family come from out of state are able to apply for extended visits once a month, so instead of 2 hours per visit, which is the time limit, Jodie and I can spend 3 or 4 hours together each day for one weekend each month! On July 16th and 18th she’ll come see me and we’ll get up to 7 hours of holding hands and talking. Even though visits take place in a very large, crowded and noisy, guarded room, it’s priceless to hold my wife’s beautiful hands and look into her loving eyes and hear her voice. I know she feels the same way!

I have to get back into writing Robert’s life story (the African-American senior Vietnam draft veteran I wrote about in my earlier blog posts), but first I’m going to write letters to the fans who wrote me. I will get a staggering amount of mail on Monday June 28th, probably over 50 letters, plus 8 newspapers (from the weekend backlog) and a few magazines, so I’m busier now than I was at the beginning. Robert’s story is going to be really good though, so I’ll have to commit to 1-2 hours a day to that by Wednesday. My old cellmate here, the Iranian Jew/Canadian who’s got an odd and unjust case, is not nearly as happy with his other cellmates. He liked having my intense cross-examinations, which all my cellmates here and in Canada do – people rightly regard my interest as caring. I help them analyze their lives and address the problems that led to their imprisonment. It’s clear I want nothing from them and I’m not a criminal, so they are always eager to download their life stories and listen to my advice.

Ending up in solitary is being blamed on Nicholson and the Prime Minister, as though torturing me in a US prison was what they had in mind all along. That has turned out to be more than they anticipated. I heard about how Nicholson has hired private personal security (on the taxpayer’s dime, of course) for “undisclosed” reasons, though the news article mentioned he has been running away from any FREE MARC activists and signs. My supporters are not dangerous or threatening – it’s free speech and exposure of his cruelty that Nicholson truly fears. The L.A. Times article really helped boost my US support, and the libertarian and anti-prohibitionist media are using me to ratchet up the campaign to repeal prohibition, which is exactly what I want from my imprisonment. Let my incarceration not be in vain; let it galvanize you to action!

Free from isolation, but still a prisoner in a maximum security facility as I await my sentencing in the US federal system… Marc Emery #40252-086

– Blog posts are compiled and posted by Marc’s wife Jodie Emery

Marc Emery
Marc Emery

Marc Emery is a Canadian cannabis activist, entrepreneur, and politician. Known to his fans as the Prince of Pot, Emery has been a notable advocate of international cannabis policy reform for decades. Marc is the founding publisher of Cannabis Culture and Pot TV.

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  1. GREGORY CLARK on

    my dearest friend marc ~ my name is not so important how-ever i think ? I KNOW MY CAUSE IS !#1 PARALYZED-PEOPLE-OF-THE-WORLD-I.NC -)NON-FOR-PROFIT .IN HONOR OF MISS JACQUELINE ANN. CLARK (MOM) WHO AT AGE 79 GOT SICK ~?//TOLD HER ~IT;S JUST A RASH ~MARC 15 MONTHE’S LATER ~PARALYZED~ NEXT FEEDING TUBE!! ALL FROM A RASH ! COVER UP #1 (MRSA) STAKK INFECTION! YOU MY FRIEND OUR AT HIGN RISK ! IT’S EVERYWHERE ! JAILS’ NURESING HOME’S ! ECT ~ NO CURE !!MARC! WE CAN MIX AWARENESS~ WITH ~ THE PEACE ~MARCH~ JUNE 19TH 2011 AT (DAKOTA) WHERE `JOHN WINSTON WAS SHOT AND KILLED WE MEET THERE ON (FATHER’S)DAY TO HONOR OUR DEAD !IN ALL WAR’S !PASSES !NO~MORE~LEGLIZED~MURDER.WAR IS NOTHEING MORE THEN LEGLIZED KILLING OF ANOTHER HUMAN BEING ~NO ~MATTER ~WHAT ~FAITH~WE ~OUR~ I ~ MY ~BIBLE ~ SAY’S ~ THOU`~ SHELL NOT ~LIKK~AMEN~ ALL MOST ALL REGLIOUS BOOK’S !? FAITH’S TEACH ! NOT TO KILL ! ONLY ONE RELIGIN SAY’S GO ON DO IT ! SATAN! I WANT TO MOVE TO VANCOVER I DO NOT FEEL SAFE IN USA ! WE HAVE STREAGHT IN NUMBER’S !AMEN I FOLLOW CHRIST !JESUS CHRIST ! (IS MY MAIN MAN) I KONW THIS E-MAIL WILL BE ON THE NSA ! COMPUTER ! NEXT JAILE TIME FOR ME ~ PEACE~MAKER’S UNITE ! JUNE 2011 10 TO 12 NOON AT (DAKOTA) 72 &1W.ST NEW YORK CITY ! LAST YEAR ! ONE-PERSON SHOWED UP ! ME ! ON AND A FAMILY AND HER CHILDREN !DONNA & HER KID’ !SHE DRESSES UP LIKE A P E A C E ~CLOWN!MARC~PLEASE HANGM IN THERE YOU’RE #1 D. J. FAN AND PEACE KEEPER’ !GREG CLARK !
    561-542-6993 PEACE~TRAIN~HOT~LINE~24/7 OR IF YOU KNOW A PARALYZED PERSON IN NEED OF HELP ~OR/JUST AN EAR TO LISTEN . THAT ‘S WHY (GOD) PUT ( US ) HERE !AMEN GOD BLESS YOU ~DO ~NOT~LET~THEM~BREAK ~YOU’RE~SPRIT~SOLOITARY IS CRULE &UNUSAIL PUNNISHMENT ~!! WHAT THE HECK ~WHAT ~NEXT THE ELCETRIC CHAIR ! ON JUST A FOOT NOTE !~ AS LONG AS IT TOOK TO READ THIS ! TWO PEOPLE 20 PEOPLE ~IN ~THIS~WORLD~WERE~JUST TOLD ! BY THERE DOCTOR’S THE WORRD’S !MY MOM NEVER DID HEAR ! ”YOU’LL NEVER ~WALK AGAIN~! EGAR MY SPOK’E PERSON FELL OFF O MOTERBIKE IS PARALYZED !AND A VERY GOOD GUY !TO DATE WE/I HAVE HELPED (8) PARALYZED-PERSON’S WITH ~FOOD~$MONEY~$AND TRANSPORTATION !OR JUST PUSHED THEM ACROSS THE BUSSIE !STREEET ~WHEN NO ONE~WOULD EVEN SLOW ~DOWN~ONE OUT OF TEN PEOPLE IN THE USA WILL BE TOLD ! THIS ! AND MOST (DO ~HOT~WALK~AGAIN~) LET’S PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER !YOU’RE CAREING FRIEND `GREGORY .WCLARK FACEBOOB GREG W.CLARK TWITTER !?LOVEROFTHEBIGT.PEACE & LOVE MARC~HOPE THIS GET’S OVERTURNED ! I WILL ASK GOD! HE FREEED (PAUL) IN THE BIBLE ~THE EARTHQUAKED ! THE CHAIN’S FLEW OFF AND THE (prisondoor’s opend )amen !get back to me ! i also am disabled ! oh i can walk ! it’s just a little bit this ~a little bit ~that ~just to let you know all thing’s our(POSSIBLE THRU~THE~LORD)AMEN!

  2. sheseed on

    thank you for sharing your experiences at seatac with us, you are so descriptive, i almost feel like i am there…almost. your optimism is comforting and your interest in helping your inmates is impressive. even in your darkest time, you are polite to the guards and you manage to see that your internment as a positive to heighten interest and activism in the legalizing of marijuana. dont worry marc…someday this will all be over and we will have our lady free. we will write about you in the history books as being a man of conviction, willing to stand up for all to hear even if it meant that you went to jail to fight for the legalization of marijuana. many talk and share their ideas, but very few stand up for what they believe in at all cost. you are one of these rare men….got any brothers?

  3. Dave on

    No time, for seed sales, would be civilized but since they have him lets hope for the best time possible!
    If the Americans have a 2-4-1 for dead-time then, I suppose, let them take their time in sentencing him. Maybe we can get him 4-4-1 dead-time in the hole? Like I said Marc, “You have more guts than most of us put together”, so if there’s anything we can do, just ask!

  4. Anonymous on

    Marc is a pathetic peice of shit. every day he’s rotting in the jail cell makes me happier and happier. When I found out he was in solitary confinement i jumped for joy! Finally, the self absorbed ignoramus was finally getting what was coming to him.

    Rot in hell marc! I hope you go nuts before you come back.

  5. Anonymous on

    I still do not understand how a rule that stated that phone calls from prison were not to be shared with third parties coud be interpreted such that calls posted on the internet would be exempt. Why wouldn’t the rest of the world qualify as a third party?

    Also, the law in the US made it a crime to send or receive cannabis seeds in the US. I do not understand how this has been painted over by claims that charging Marc with a crime was purely political. One may not think it’s a good law — I don’t — but it was and is the law. And if you break it you suffer the consequences.

    Civil disobedence when you’re a convicted fellon in jail need to be moderate, eh?

  6. Pastor Ray thc ministry on

    Christie in Hawai’i Puna,Hilo at THC Ministry.Please get some fellowship with one of these hemp brothers.Please read the recent polemic by David Malmo Levine on depression and ganja therapy.Take a trip and visit Jodie, and laugh as the future is bright.You are young and the struggle needs your help.Volunteer to be a gopher/utility man for Jodie/rev.chris etc..ONELOVE…DESTINY

  7. pastor ray christl thc asia media on

    love and resist always with love.That is the answer all CC family members must remember as love conquers tyrannic Leviathan/fascism of 2010 global democratic institutions.Your so right about Marc not being a criminal,but a divine messenger to Tao the Earthpeople towards green technology solutions.On July,4th,we will have a FREE MARC film fest at New META House Phnom Penh.Morning prayer vigil at USA Embassy,and evening of education/dialogue.We want a Ganja Medical Dispensary since we have thousands of poor suffering people who can’t afford “sacred pill” medicine.Get to Cannafornia VOTE 10 times YES…FREE MARC!!!

  8. Rev Mikeh on

    Marc, Thank you for your sacrifice in this war. You are a political prisoner! We at The 420 Hour will be discussing your issue and urging our fans to protest your incarceration on our show weekly. I have also been writing weekly to president NObama about a pardon, but my requests for response go unanswered. I have thousands of listeners and every single one is angry about your abuse! Free Marc Emery is more than a slogan, it is an absolute necessity for any hope of real freedom. If they can lock you away on phoney charges and give you 5 years then no one is safe. The war on drugs is a real war, unfortunately, the police and gov’t are the only ones that have guns, and they are not afraid to use them, cause when they do, there are never any consequences! How many people have to die victims of injustice before we all stand united against tyranny!?!

  9. foam on

    Always admired the balls you had after what happend to Neville. Also admire your heroic fight against the forces of evil. I’ll guess there are hundreds of thousands or million that appreciate your promotion of a free and open society. Keep on fighting the good fight!!

  10. Nein on

    Let’s moderate these comments and get rid of all the pathetic little attention whores. I’m sure it’s the highlight of their small, insignificant lives to be able to get a reaction on the list here. Let’s just disappear them. They are nothing.

    Stay Strong, Marc, and may the letters keep flowing.

  11. Anonymous on

    I’m so proud of what your doing Marc.
    You are truly a great Canadian.
    I wish we had more like you.
    Love.

  12. Anonymous on

    i remember meeting marc back in november 24 2009. too bad i didnt say much because i am very introverted, but i did smoke with marc and we had a picture taken albeit a low quality one due to my inferior cell phone.
    i cant believe that it is now june 2010
    i hope i will get to meet him again when he gets out. i am suicidal so i might not be around for another 5 years but if i am still around i will visit marc again once he’s a free man

    if i happen to have some extra money in the meantime i will buy more merchandise from marc’s store. last month i bought a small bong

  13. Jerry on

    I am an American. I retired from the U.S. Air Force almost two years ago after serving over 21 years. There are many good things about the U.S., but there are some very bad things as well. I am ashamed of the U.S. paramilitary attitude towards its citizens and noncitizens alike. The drug war is really a war against people, and I do not support it. I look forward to the day when cannabis will be celebrated by popular opinion and not demonized as many treat it now. Eventually, I believe the truth about the plant will continue to be known, and the truth will overcome the misinformation and outright lies that are espoused now. I will be writing Marc soon and, if he is transferred to Colorado, I plan to visit him.

  14. A Young Supporter on

    Marc Emery is by no means a criminal, he is not a DRUG LORD, he does not traffick Marijuana, he is a man with ideals, and passion for all that is of value to him and his people. Just because there are those that cannot handle those ideals (IN ANOTHER COUNTRY!!), does not by any means give the US the right to imprison a man that has not even been sentenced yet. If Marc is already being put through this torture and mistreatment, what will happen when he is finally sentenced?! Marc being imprisoned for the “reasons” he is, to me, goes against ALL of our rights as Human beings! Government is notorious for keeping the ones with a powerful voice suffocated beneath the strong arm of “Justice”. Marc you are NEVER alone, and Canada (HARPER), YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED… Rest assured when you are finally free of this grueling and injust imprisonment, you will come back to us even stronger and more compassionate than you were before. I am only 19 years old, yeah i smoke a spliff and take bong rips quite often, but never since ive learned about Mr, Ernesto Che Guevara, have I been more inspired by a man and his campaign.

    Never give in to those that wish to silence you, resist, resist, resist.

    A young Canadian

  15. Ray in Minneapolis on

    Because dreams are freedom.

    I just finished watching cbcnews documentary “Prince of Pot”. I downloaded it on torrent and I will KEEP SEEDING! (How appropriate)

    Anyhow, I Googled to find out what happened to Marc. The film ends in like 2005 with J.McKay being fired… Marc was still free. So I’m deeply supportive (yet sadly horrified) after learning all this! It’s horribly unjust that they have you as a political prisoner, STILL AWAITING SENTENCING! What happened to the right of a speedy trial?

    I am glad, however that you are able to keep up on current events. It’s a fresh perspective to read you are well aware of the police provocateurs and event staging which was the G8-20 Global Tyranny State invasion of Toronto.

    I imagine all your communications come in the form of text. And since this is your official blog, Jodie might print the responses for you?

    Let me THANK YOU! In my mind, you are right now as relevant in the fight against these corruptions, as Charlie Veitch, Luke Rudkowski, and Mr. A.Jones. You ARE NOT forgotten! I’m going to burn a few DVDs of this film for distribution.
    I tell ya, someone needs to update it though. Can you be visited for interviews now? I say you’ve just EARNED IT.

    Thanks again! Your life is profound. Stay sharp, keep eating!

    Call to Doc Film Makers = Lets get some new steam rolling, as California might vote yes this fall. Call the prison to request interviews?

    To the Authorities who read incoming mail, please realize Mr. Emery is an important man, a peaceful man, unjustly held for doing the right thing. Please allow him the dignity of interviews. Perhaps a message out wasn’t planned, but the world WOULD like to hear from Mr. Emery?. It is a larger issue then you might perceive. Please give the man more food and lay off the punishment. He hasn’t even been sentenced!
    Also, prepare a full time staffer to deal with requests for interviews, because we wont stop until Emery is Free.

  16. Anonymous on

    You may have misunderstood the first poster, but he’s right. Marc Emery never made it in the “BIG TIME”. They got to him before he could do any real damage. He has stirred up a lot of people, and we definitely support him, but man, I just want to know if Marc and friends are aware of the control of the world by the banks, because he keeps talking about the political parties of Canada as if it would matter who was in charge. Or maybe it would, I don’t know, maybe Marc IS trying to fight them, but can’t let too much off, or else he’d be assassinated like John Lennon was (among others such as President Garfield, Kennedy, etc).

  17. La mar de verde on

    We are from Guadalajra, Spain and we supported you for all this bad moments, but we know that you are a great person who ficht for all our rights. Thanks from Spain. And you must to know that you never walk alone¡¡¡¡¡

  18. Anonymous on

    Lets remember that Marc for some reason only known to him fell on the sword for his two gutless friends.
    A smart threesome would have fought the system because it didn’t have a legal leg to stand on and thus the extradition would have been impossible.
    You all should direct your anger at the three responsible for this mess Marc and the two seed store doofusses.
    I am glad Marc is doing well and out of solitary but I never forget he requested this punishment, and neither should any of you who are innocent until PROVEN guilty.

  19. Anonymous on

    Common Sense = FREE MARC EMERY

  20. RadicalRex on

    Indeed they will get more from you being imprisoned then they bargained for Marc. Stay strong and read all the mail from your family and friends in Canada and the US. As Obi Wan Kenobi told Darth Vader, Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can imagine. Having you here in a US prison is the spark that will ignite the fire in canada as well as the US and spur the legalization movement to continue the push for legalization and the end of prohibition. Their plot to put an end to your influence has backfired big time!! Stay strong you and in our prayers, have a good visit with Jodie.http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unite-for-the-Fight-to-end-PROHIBITION/133512123327148?ref=ts

  21. T3h_ChR1S on

    your hardships and movement has really made a impact to me. you showed me time and again how us americans or more specifically the federal goverment are nothing but corrupt politicians seeking to control us and make us there work slaves.

    i am not proud to be a american well acutally im not legal lol ive lived here my whole life, i am a mexican but raised in america.

  22. voter on

    They only did this to Marc because they fear compitition. Marc Emery is MY prime minister, harper is certainly not.

  23. Jose Melendez on

    Your rehearsed anti-Marc sentiments embolden me. I’ll work harder now, thanks for the motivation to free him!

    Remember Mandela?