Marc Emery Supporters Meet Vic Toews (The Man Who Can Bring Marc Home)

I received a note on my Facebook wall from Mark Radford in Ontario, alerting me to the fact that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, the man who will decide if Marc can serve his sentence in Canada, was having a meet-and-greet in Toronto on Tuesday, July 27th. It was the perfect opportunity to ask Vic Toews about Marc!

Jeff speaks to Vic Toews wearing the FREE MARC shirtJeff speaks to Vic Toews wearing the FREE MARC shirtThe event was hosted by the St. Paul’s Conservatives at “The Twisted Kilt” pub, where Conservative Party supporters (and the public) could pay $10 to get in and listen to Vic Toews speak, and then grab a beer or two and mingle amongst the people and influential individuals attending.

I shared the link to the “Evening with Vic Toews” event on Facebook and asked people in the area to please attend to ask Vic Toews to bring Marc home. That evening I got pictures from the event and sure enough, Mark Radford attended, and so did three members of the Toronto “Hash Mob” who were there wearing FREE MARC shirts and carrying a stack of FREE MARC information handouts (the files for printing your own are available here).

Jeff H, Caroline, and Rev. Daniel arrived first. Jeff reported that Vic Toews and all of the much-older Conservatives were surprised to see them there, but they got to walk up to Toews and talk to him. Jeff wrote, “They were all formally dressed Conservatives who were ready to die when they saw us. Vic Toews chugged his beer during the event and just watched us. They all seemed to know about your [Jodie’s] role in the Green Party, which is weird.”

Caroline handed Toews one of the information sheets about Marc, which includes (on the back) the contact information for people to get in touch with him to ask for Marc’s return home. Jeff wrote that “he said he had no comment and no interest in speaking about Marc Emery. Caroline said on behalf of his wife and friends and all Canadians bring him home. He said to discuss that would be highly illegal. They just drank their alcohol and ignored us mostly.”

So, after they left, Mark Radford arrived, having been busy at work until then. Mark’s report is especially interesting, so I want to share it here in full:


Hi Jodie,

I went to the Twisted Kilt on a mission to speak with Vic Toews. I was an hour late because of work but determined; with my luck I didn’t miss a thing.

There was a small chalk board outside read “St Pauls Conservatives 2nd Floor”. I ascended the stairs to be immediately greeted by the eyes of older folks, mostly members of the St. Paul’s Conservatives. Politely I was asked if I had my $10 dollars. I had just run there to ensure I was in the right place, so immediately ran to the closest ATM.

That being said, I got there at the nick of time, about quarter to 7. Being late I was positioned just at front where I was in perfect position to listen to Vic talk on a number of topics and then listen to his few answering of questions. One point of highlight was that he made donations to a number of a religious groups recently attacked in the Toronto. He made strong points about giving back to the areas affected by the G20 “riots”, and compensation associated with business owners. After talking about a number of things he concluded by answering a few questions. He offered his availability to chat and answer questions one-on-one. I took this as my opportunity to quickly grab a beer, as Vic had one himself, and moved in to ask the points I wanted to quickly discuss.

I opened my conversation acknowledging his efforts on ensuring public safety. He made some interesting points in his speech I did not know prior to the evening. We had a quick chuckle about the G20 definitely keeping himself busy, and than I got to business.

The first question I posed to Vic was “How could I get more involved in politics at a regional level?” Immediately he introduced me to a few people who were standing by. He introduced me to Kevin Moore, who is Conservative Party of Canada candidate for Toronto Center, and a gentleman working within the Toronto District School Board. After some interesting advice we moved back to our beer, and I got to the questions I had wanted to ask all evening.

I opened with my next question, “Did you ever have a particular thing that inspired you to get involved in politics, a topic or issue?” He than stated, “I didn’t get into politics until later in my life. I am from a small town outside of Winnipeg, and was concerned about Manitoba’s debt. It was then that I spoke up, and got involved in politics.” I complimented him saying that was interesting and that I can relate, I positioned myself, “we may eternally disagree on something, but that difference is what drives me feel impelled to get involved.”

Caroline hands Vic Toews a FREE MARC info sheetCaroline hands Vic Toews a FREE MARC info sheetI then went on, “I disagree with Canadian Drug Policy, because of the laws that in place criminalizing drugs. We are fueling violence by creating a market for organized crime.” Talking in his terms with some literal sense I continued: “We are putting money and power into the hands of sometimes violent criminals.” I concluded, “The victims are not those themselves taking the drugs, but the innocent people who are victims of drug related crime.”

I then questioned: “That being said, why not regulate drugs, and take the money out of organize crimes and put it towards funding of public safety initiatives?” Vic responded. “You aren’t far off. I actually agree with some of your points. I have had people within my party who grill me on this subject. Friends who are Libertarians, who especially grill me on the subject.” He concluded by saying, “The concept is growing in popularity the votes just aren’t in that favor.” Vic then with sincerity said “I don’t disagree with everything your saying, stay involved do what it takes to get your message across. Talk with Conservative MP’s, and get people on board. You don’t have to get involved with the Marijuana Party to disagree with drug laws. You can still be a conservative but disagree on Canadian Drug Policy.”

After his previous comments, I had the last question I had been itching to ask. “Obviously you have received the documents associated with Marc Emery coming home to Canada. Are you able to talk about his possible return?” He opened, “the one thing about Marc Emery is that he does it to himself.” As soon as he said that, I focused everything I had at communicating my attention; I was listening carefully and let him know that I cared about every detail of his words.

He continued, “I have heard the many letters of support, and will take a strong consideration.” He concluded, “If Marc Emery can promise to not sell drugs to the United States or within Canada,” I politely interrupted “marijuana seeds”, he said “thank you, if he promises to not sell marijuana seeds after serving his sentence within the United States or within Canada, I would be willing to bring him home.” I said “thank you. His friends, and thousands of supporters, including his wife, appreciate the strong consideration.” He sincerely looked at me saying, “Thank you for coming out tonight.” He answered the questions of one other person, and quickly left with his assistant.

I did miss the earlier supporters, but I saw the many “Free Marc Emery” handouts that had been dropped off by Rev. Dan Oral Walker, Jeff H, and Caroline Ruibal. It is great they had the opportunity to talk with him as well. After the speech, while people were mingling, I saw a lot of people pick up the pamphlet and ask who he was, and what it was about. It was a great conversation starter. I definitely did not come as prepared with materials as they did, I only had my questions and my word. I wish I had gotten the opportunity to meet them, I am sure the opportunity will arise soon.


That was an amazing report! This is great news because Marc will not sell marijuana seeds again, he has never wanted to sell marijuana seeds again, and he didn’t sell seeds for the entire 5 years he was on bail before being imprisoned in the USA. So we can now work on asking Vic Toews to please keep his word and bring Marc home as soon as possible.

Jeff, Caroline and Daniel outside the Twisted KiltJeff, Caroline and Daniel outside the Twisted KiltMarc is due to be sentenced on September 10th, and soon after that he will submit his “International Transfer of Offenders Act” (or, the Transfer Treaty) application. The USA and Canada have a Treaty Transfer agreement that requires each country to return citizens of the other country home to serve their sentences. The US Government rarely rejects applications by Canadians to leave the USA and serve time in Canada, but under the Conservative Government of Canada, the Public Safety Ministers (currently Vic Toews) have been delaying for years, or outright rejecting, transfer applications.

Canadians have the right under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Section 6: Mobility, the right to enter, leave, and remain in Canada) to come back home, and the Transfer Treaty Agreement stipulates that citizens are allowed to serve their time in their home country.

So now we just need to ensure that Vic Teows approves Marc’s application as quickly as possible, once he receives it. We’re asking supporters to please write to Vic Toews and ask him to bring Marc home!

Contact Public Safety Minister Vic Toews (pronounced “Taves”) and tell him to approve Marc Emery’s application for transfer back to Canada as soon as the submission is made!

Public Safety Minister and Conservative MP Vic Toews:

Parliament Hill
Suite 306, Justice Building House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6
Ph: (613) 992-3128
Fx: (613) 995-1049
E-mail: [email protected]

Steinbach Office
8-227 Main Street
Steinbach, MB
R5G 1Y7
Ph: (204) 326-9889
Fx: (204) 346-9874
E-mail: [email protected]

Lac du Bonnet Office
Box 266
Lac du Bonnet, MB
R0E 1A0
Ph: (204) 345-9762
Fx: (204) 345-9768
E-mail: [email protected]

Here is a sample letter you can use, but you’re encouraged to add your own short thoughts and opinions to make it unique and more effective.

“Dear Honourable Vic Toews,

I would like to say Thank You, Mr. Toews, after reading an item posted on the internet about your St. Paul’s Conservatives meeting and the comments about your intention to repatriate Canadian citizen Marc Emery once his treaty transfer application is on your desk.

I regard Marc Emery as an upstanding role-model Canadian who has made over three decades of contributions to making Canada, and the world, a better place. He has never hurt anyone, and he won’t ever sell marijuana seeds again.

I salute your intention to bring Marc Emery into the Canadian correction system as soon as is possible, with no delay. He should be brought home to be closer to his wife and family as he serves the remainder of his sentence. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to see Marc Emery home soon with your approval.

(your name here)”

Jodie Emery
Jodie Emery

Jodie Emery is a Canadian cannabis activist, politician and business owner. She is the wife of activist Marc Emery, and owner of Cannabis Culture Magazine, Pot TV, Cannabis Culture Lounge and Cannabis Culture Headquarters.



  1. Anonymous on

    >>>>And what is the penalty for tyranny,gangstalking/multistalking/character assasination and persecution on someone who is law abiding AND can solve the murders of children????<<<< Apparently, the penalty is you have to post here when your meds wear off & we have to read your insane ramblings

  2. persecutedinalberni on

    Well first of all you are wrong about Marc,I am the sweetest guy in BC ok so lets get that straight right now.

    And what is the penalty for tyranny,gangstalking/multistalking/character assasination and persecution on someone who is law abiding AND can solve the murders of children????

    What I am saying better hold your mouth on that so called corrupt legal system you speak of because you will see soon enough how corrupt this system really is.

  3. Anonymous on

    “…Praise Marc and his mission to spread Gods word and the information that the governments wish toi keep from you..”

    Praise Marc all you want. It’s sort of cute

  4. John William Leveridge on

    anonymous? previous; has a lot of well reseached material there about Marc: Spin doctor on a mission to try to tranish or destroy Marc? A-hole you are just wasteing everyones time. This is an in just law on GODS creation . A Medicine throughout the ages. used by hundreds of millions for hundreds and hundreds of years. and a bumb ass like you really think your ANONYMOUS comments have any weight, or truth . Do some real research and discover the wonders of Gods Teal Tree. Become educated on your subject and your words will have weight. Praise Marc and his mission to spread Gods word and the information that the governments wish toi keep from you. Rick Simpsons cancer cure. You really need to educate and become a voice for TRUTH, JUSTICE, and walk in GODS light. God bless

  5. Anonymous on

    the day Rev. Martin Luther King
    sells a two cent cannabis seed for ten bucks
    we’ll talk
    til then, keep colouring outside the lines

  6. marc hempary on

    Thank you Mr. Radford and other supporters who showed up to support the rightful return of a great, inspirational man! This news makes me very happy to hear that you people were able to show your support face to face with Vic and inspires me to go out once again with my flyers and stencil. Fingers are crossed till September 10th. Great work! FREE HIM!!!

  7. dub_mcpuffen on

    An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Don’t speak about MLK if you aren’t willing to read his words. Perhaps plato would hep you to understand hope this helps you, Mr troll

  8. Anonymous on

    Marc knew he was breaking the law
    he said so often often enough.
    He broke the law often enough

    he was arrested & imprisoned for breaking the laws of both Canada & the US.
    The rest of the world knows all about what prison life is about
    It wasn’t at all necessary that Marc remind us
    by going to jail himself- & not so often
    Marc might have been an activist political animal
    he wasn;t busted for anything he thought-
    he was arrested and jailed for what he did-
    selling smuggled contraband internationally
    and washing millions of dollars of profits
    and running an ongoing criminal organization
    devoted to breaking the drug law and generating obscene profits
    that until he got caught& shut down, you lived very well from

    No innocent person pleads guilty
    guilty people plead guilty –
    Marc plead guilty in Saskatoon
    & went to jail for 6 months
    he plead guilty to every other one
    of his criminal charges over the years
    why? probably because he _was guilty

    he might be the sweetest guy in BC
    but he is a repeat offender
    Marc will will his debt to society
    and when he’s paid in his liberty
    he will return home to you
    and not until..

    If you don’t like the drug laws work to change them
    if you willingly and publically break the drug laws
    the punishment is swift and severe and certain
    that’s the reality Marc demonstrated by going to jail

    Martin Luther King didn’t plead guilty
    Nelson Mandella didn’t plead guilty
    Joan of Arc didn’t plead guilty
    Jesus Christ didn’t plead guilty
    nor did anybody else of respect plead guilty

    nobody who is innocent pleads guilty
    guilty people plead guilty

    they pay their dues
    learn their lesson
    and then they get released
    that’s that don;t

    believe the hype Mrs Emery
    nobody else does
    by all means keep your faith – but pay attention

  9. Jodie on

    They do, if they believe they did nothing wrong and they’re being imprisoned for an unjust cause, and want their imprisonment to demonstrate to others the harsh and unjust nature of the state against political dissidents and activists.

    They also plead guilty when told that, if they go to trial and are found guilty after pleading not guilty, they’ll be imprisoned for 30 years to life.

  10. Bhonze on

    Sorry for misspelling your Name Jodie!!!

  11. Bhonze on

    Hi Jodi,

    I am an American, and I am so ashamed of what our govnt is doing to the both of you. I can’t belive with all the problems our country is going threw we are spending tax dollars so our DA can get revenge on you and Marc. I have visited the New Amsterdam Cafe and it was awsome. I hope you get Marc home soon and I have written the President and Congress. It is so crazy with all the cannabis laws changing here for the better. Cali may legaize in a few months and more states are getting MMJ, our own capital has it. the pres can get a mmj card now if he choses and with the passage of allowing owr vets to meicate this really legitamizes the cause. The Demacrats are really jumping on the ban wagon now that they are loosing so many seats we are all they have left. They finally relized we are a large number of votes. Read below what happend in NC this weekend!!!

    Posted by CN Staff on August 02, 2010 at 19:30:26 PT
    By Philip D. Brown, Staff Writer
    Source: Daily Journal

    North Carolina — The Democratic Party State Executive Committee passed a resolution supporting the legalization of medical marijuana at its convention Sunday in Fayettevillle.
    The vote came after a speech from Richmond County resident and party official Perry Parks, and marks the second time Democratic leaders from the local level have asked their elected representatives to pass a bill legalizing marijuana for medical use.

    The vote was nearly unanimous and, according to the party’s Eighth District Chair June Mabry, the mood of the room left no doubt what party leaders expect of those they sent to Raleigh.

    Parks said his speech focused on the state’s large veteran population. He is the party’s Veterans Affairs Liaison for the Eighth District.

    “Veterans are being arrested daily for using this natural medicine,” Parks said Monday morning, describing his Sunday speeches. “We have one of the largest populations of veterans in any state, which means there are a lot of guys with IED injuries and it’s now been scientifically-proven medical marijuana helps to treat those injuries.”

    The resolution refers to a recent reversal of policy by the Veterans Administration recognizing medical marijuana “as a legitimate treatment for injuries and illnesses under the supervision of a doctor.”

    It also cites clinical trials from the University of California School of Medicine confirming the effectiveness of marijuana in treating traumatic brain injuries, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and nerve-related pain; and a resolution unanimously passed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors calling for the removal of barriers to medical marijuana’s use to treat PTSD and other war injuries.

    North Carolina House Bill 1380, which stalled out in the House Judiciary I Committee during the General Assembly’s last term, was originally in the language of the resolution before it was amended to support the concept of medical marijuana rather than the specific bill, Parks said.

    The bill will now have to be reintroduced and begin working its way through a first reading vote and committee hearings once again.

    However, N.C. Democratic Party Executive Director Andrew Whalen downplayed the scope of the resolution Monday, saying it applies only to North Carolina veterans.

    “It was specifically toward veterans who would be at risk of losing some of their health benefits because they use marijuana,” Whalen said.

    An original version of the resolution includes a call for the party “to take immediate steps to affect the passage of N.C. House Bill 1380 and to remove these barriers to treatment with medical marijuana for veterans and other patients.”

    Parks said the reference to HB 1380 was removed in favor of a reference to “an act.”

    An outspoken supporter of medical marijuana, Parks also holds a veterans outreach position with the non-profit North Carolina Cannabis Patients Network and testified before the House’s Health and Human Services Committee during its consideration of HB 1380.

    Monday afternoon, Mabry referred to a similar resolution passed by the same committee last year, and said the onus is now on legislators to listen to the people and move a bill forward for a vote.

    “The SEC has voted on it twice overwhelmingly, if not unanimously the second time,” Mabry said. “I’d also like to point out this is not a partisan issue. A similar bill has been put forward in Virginia by a Republican legislature and governor, and the same thing goes for New Jersey … This is an issue we at least need to open up for an honest discussion.”

    She said that while there may not be unanimous support among state representatives, from the eighth district, support is there.

    “Perry is a decorated, retired veteran with an honorable discharge as a lieutenant colonel, and he was a fighter pilot,” Mabry said. “He is simply asking this body and legislature to do what other legislatures have done in opening up this treatment option for veterans.”

    The state executive committee is made up of elected party officers from each county in the state, and the resolutions it passes are considered as directives for elected representatives of the party to carry out in Raleigh.

    A copy of the resolution will be mailed to each member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, Senate, Council of State and the Governor.

  12. Anonymous on

    Political prisoners don’t plead guilty

  13. persecutedinalberni on

    Marc did this for us he did not do this to himself,he stood up to all the hitlers in the world is what he did.

    Marc can’t do shit for the movement where he is sitting right now but I can and am going to,just watch and see,check out concen(conspiracy cental) click on introductions,Canadian conspiracy by persecutedinalberni to see what I mean.

    You all need to wake the hell up and realize you must support me and know that this is “not”just in my head,WAKE UP CANADA I was persecuted because the MAN knows who can do the damage after Marc has been placed in prison.

    Our country has been invaded by America secretly and quitly behind our backs and the piece of shit Adolph Harper is behind it all ,the traitorist bastard.

  14. Knowa on

    Marc Emery is a hero both in the US and Canada. And history will revere him with the like of other patriots and Cannabis Growers such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson Ben Franklin. I know In a time of high unemployment its hard to get the prohibitionists snouts out of the Government Trough. However this has been over 70 years of the most destructive Government policy since SLAVERY. I for one feel that you should be extraditing former DEA. Head Karen Tandy to Justice. She alone is more Guilty of Violating Crimes. Not only has she defecate on our Construction not to mention the Bill of Rights. She has Blood on her Hands, one only has to look at Mexico to start with. ( Just a though with Prop 17 passing in California this Nov. I am willing to wager you that the passage of this law, will have more effect on reducing the funds to the Taliban and other Terrorist groups than all The troops in the world.) You Need to do the right thing for your history. And your Karma will be grateful. It is time to stand up to the US and Show the world that Marc Emery is not the only Canadian with integrity and set of BALLS.
    Free Marc Emery.

  15. Leonard Krivitsky, MD, DD on

    Political considerations played such a prominent role in Marc Emery’s extradition and imprisonment. This DEA does not even deny. So, then, philosophically, to that very same extent to which the political considerations motivated Marc Emery’s persecution and imprisonment, he may be considered a “political prisoner”.

  16. Anonymous on

    “thank you, if he promises to not sell marijuana seeds after serving his sentence within the United States or within Canada, I would be willing to bring him home.”

    This basically means exactly what it says

    1_ Marc has to promise to not to over grow the government= OWNED
    2_Marc will have to serve his full sentence in the USA
    3_ THEN he would be willing to bring him home- after Marc has served his prison sentence thats a generous big nothing offer- that basically the Feds agreeing to let him return to Canada, after Marc is deported from the USA when he gets out of prison- the Feds have to accept a Canadian back into Canada big deal

    “the one thing about Marc Emery is that he does it to himself.”

    this is not some guys in a bar talking crap, this is the Federal Public Safety Minister talking policy his people are empowered to act on,, the same guy who weighed the deal the DEA offered to Marc that OK the Americans would nod to him serving his sentence in Canada- ya if it was a ten year package deal in Canada , its a whole decade in prison if he serves it in Canada,= and Canada can re activate that 10 year deal at will , Marc and the marijuana people have absolutely no say in the matter..Marc plead guilty, game over – he is owned by these people he has been royally pissing off for a decade. We might as well admit it’s true, that Marc Emery does indeed do it to himself.

    Hope the beer was refreshing because the dialogue as reported sure wasn’t

  17. persecutedinalberni on

    Well I was just thinkin is it true Vic had an affair with a sweet young assistant if so at least we know Vic and Marc have alot in common,they both like them young and sweet,lmfao.
    Ooooh I just had to Jodie lol We know Marc loves you so much and well like I said I was readimg somewhere about Vic and a young sweetheart.
    Not that it matters because Vic should do the right thing and bring him home anyway regaurdless since Vics wife should make him anyway lol.

    Bring him home Vic,remember Vic you and every corrupt politician in this country know who and what I am and know I’ve been devoted to posting my big FREE MARC signs along highway#4 in Alberni for 12 saturdays in a row faithfully.

    I will have no problem Vic making up signs and posting anything mrs Toews would like me to post about you untill you bring Marc home ok Vic lol and don’t laugh everyone they know I would do it too.

    LMFAOV I’m just kidding around I shouldn’t bug you Vic but you should know I like anything scandalous,lol please correct me if I am wrong about the young assistant.

    Good post Jodie, I think I will write to him and tell him I mean it lol

  18. Dale allo on

    Wonderful news! Lets get marc back home!