Today Marc was punished with two months of no commissary (food, shampoo, soap, stamps, etc.) and his cellmate for one month because I gave his cellmate money! Apparently it’s against the rules even though it’s not in the rule book. Marc was staying healthy eating nuts, trail mix, and tuna and turkey packets from commissary, now he has to “survive” on meals like peanut butter, bread, and rice.
I’m so disappointed and angry. I have sent money and books to different inmates before, there’s no rule against it. Marc had two hearings with the Lieutenants of the prison and one was really mean, while the second was less so, but they decided that the appropriate punishment for Marc was two months of no commissary.
When Marc was first called to see the Lieutenant last week, the Lt. was being extremely rude, aggressive, and even threatening. He said that he reads all of Marc’s emails and letters and listens to all of his phone calls, and that he didn’t approve of the chapter Marc wrote about what it’s like going to prison (for Barry Cooper’s upcoming book) and that he thought it was “bullshit”. Marc didn’t even criticize the prison! He just objectively wrote about the process of it, and of course he said the food was dismal, but that’s the truth!
So the Lt. was pissed off about what Marc was writing, but that’s not against the rules. So he said that it was against the rules for me to send money into Marc’s cellmate’s account, even though that’s not in the rule book either! They decided to ensure that they both suffer because of my generosity, which I pass on from the people who give it to me.
I’m furious and concerned, because Marc was able to stay healthy eating the nuts and other food items from commissary, and get the soap and toothpaste and razors and stamps he needed… he’s lost weight in prison but up until now he still looks healthy, but I’m worried about what this deprivation will do to him. I don’t know how anyone can survive on the substandard, non-nutritious meals prisoners are forced to eat! Potatoes, bread and beans as a regular meal is so unhealthy. I really hope Marc is able to stay in good shape but he’s quite concerned too.
We really need to get Marc home. The application on the Canadian side is done; Marc’s forms were taken to the Canadian Consulate in Seattle after he was sentenced, and they confirmed that it was delivered to Ottawa, so Public Safety Minister Vic Toews can sign and approve it at any time. He’s been receiving emails, letters, and phone calls from thousands of people, and we need that pressure to continue. There is no reason to refuse Marc’s return to Canada; in fact, it’s required by our Charter of Rights and Freedoms (section 6: Mobility, guarantees Canadian citizens’ right to enter, leave, and remain in Canada) and the International Transfer of Offenders Act that Canada signed with the Untied States, which allows prisoners to be sent to their home country to serve their sentences.
Here is a letter that you can send to the Public Safety Minister, asking him to approve Marc’s transfer home. Please copy it and sign it, or download the PDF here, and mail it for free (if you’re Canadian). You should try to add your own words and thoughts to make it more personal, but hopefully having this available will encourage more people to contact the Public Safety Minister and the United States government asking for Marc’s transfer application to be approved!
To the Honourable Minister Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety
Suite 306, Justice Building
House of Commons
Marc Scott Emery is a Canadian citizen recently sentenced in the United States to five years for distribution of cannabis seeds (the official charge is ‘manufacture of marijuana’). Mr. Emery has requested his repatriation to the Canadian Corrections system through the International Transfer of Offenders Act.
In your position as Minister of Public Safety, it is your decision whether to allow Mr. Marc Emery to return home and serve out his sentence in Canada. The International Transfer of Offenders Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms require that you consider certain factors in coming to your decision.
As you know, the purpose of the Act is to “contribute to the administration of justice and the rehabilitation of offenders and their reintegration into the community” by enabling them to serve their sentences in the country of which they are citizens or nationals, and Section 6 of the Charter protects Canadian citizens’ ability to leave, enter, and remain in Canada.
Considering that Mr. Emery is not a threat to Canada’s security, that he has always abided by all bail conditions during the five years he was awaiting extradition, and that he has pledged to never re-offend or violate his conditions of parole once released from a correctional institution, it would be unreasonable and unjust to deny Mr. Emery a transfer to his home country of Canada.
I urge you to approve Mr. Emery’s transfer application as soon as possible so he can be repatriated and serve his time in the Canadian correctional system.
We are also hiring a US based specialist who does the American portion of the treaty transfer applications, because it’s a more complicated process than the Canadian application. Marc can’t file his application until he arrives at his final facility (we’re praying it’s Lompoc FCI in California, and not somewhere in Mississippi, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, or Ohio). That will likely happen in the next four to six weeks, or whenever they decide to move him. Once he arrives, he can submit his US application — but it needs to be filed by someone who knows what they’re doing. The application is then reviewed by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the State Department. It’s a process that we need professional assistance for, and the bill is $8,500.
My store can put money aside over time, but we don’t really have much to spare. Our friend is planning a one-day “money bomb” to fundraise for this important expense, and but many people offer to send donations to me for Marc’s commissary or for my travel, but instead we would appreciate it if you can send money to our legal fund! You can donate through the Cannabis Culture online store by clicking here.
All donation money goes to the lawyer to help bring Marc home! If you’d prefer to send contributions through the mail, please make it out to our corporate name “0883467 BC Ltd.” or “Jodie Emery” and I will ensure it gets to our lawyer. There’s nothing I want more than to get Marc back in my arms here at home!
Please contact the Public Safety Minister of Canada (no postage required in Canada!) and the US Justice Department, and ask them to let Marc serve his sentence in Canada!
The Hon. Vic Toews
Suite 306, House of Commons Justice Building
U.S. Department of Justice
Criminal Division, Office of Enforcement Operations
International Prisoner Transfer Program
JCK Building, 12th Floor