Marc’s First Update from Yazoo City Prison in Mississippi

Dearest Jodie: As of May 21st, I’ve been at Yazoo City medium security federal prison for 31 days and I’m fairly settled in, so I’ll describe my daily routine and what it’s like here.

Yazoo City Medium-Security PrisonYazoo City Medium-Security PrisonThere are three buildings that house 128 men in a unit, 4 units to a building, so 512 men to a building when filled to capacity. I am in unit one in E building, or Echo Building. Unit 1 & 2 are on the lower ground level; to get to unit 3 & 4, you have to walk up a staircase on the outside of the building. The buildings from the outside, when I first saw them, looked like federal prison indeed: stark concrete buildings with thin slits of windows where each cell inside looks out.

This place is run by the Bureau of Prisons, the bureau under the aegis of the US Department of Justice. As a medium security prison, almost everyone here has had violence or a gun charge in their offense, previous offense, or previous prison record. There are exceptions, like me. My previous place of incarceration, D Ray James, in Folkston, Georgia, was contracted to the GEO Group, a publicly-traded prison business, by the Justice Department to house deportable aliens (foreigners, non-US citizens) exclusively. GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) run many state prisons, federal detention centers (pre-trial or holdover facilities) as well as all 20 or so federal prisons for deportable aliens. GEO Group and CCA run prisons for sentenced “low” security foreign inmates, whereas the Bureau of Prisons operates all medium, high and maximum security facilities, including ones where a deportable alien, eg., a Mexican or Canadian, might end up. I was going to say all Americans are housed in Bureau of Prison facilities once sentenced in federal court, and that is 98% true, but I have a correspondent in Bakersfield whose US citizen son is at Taft Correctional camp in Taft, California, where Tommy Chong served his 9-months for Chong bong shipping, and that prison is run by a private company (as is the adjacent Taft Low for deportable aliens).

There are 64 cells on two levels, and I share my 7′ x 12′ cell with a cellie, as your cellmate is called. My cellie now is Wally, a 21-year old from Pensacola, Florida. First I shared a cell with a guy called Bird, but Wally’s cellie was released, and Wally is a fan and invited me to share his cell rather than him getting some random new cellie for the duration of his 15-month sentence. Wally was convicted of receiving cannabis through the mail for the purpose of reselling it. This is a warning that weed mailed across state lines is a federal offense and punished harshly! Because there was a gun in the same house Wally lived in (even though it was not even his gun), Wally was designated to a medium security federal prison, full of “lifers” and people serving 10, 15, 20, 25 years!

Wally is scheduled for release next March. I liked my previous cellie Bird, but Bird is being released in 36 days and so I moved in with Wally so we’d both have a cellie we could tolerate and get along with. Additionally, Wally’s fiancé drives in from Pensacola to visit, and picks you up, my beloved Mrs. Emery, on the way at Jackson airport. It’s unfortunate that you don’t drive in this case because it’s 50 miles to Yazoo City from Jackson airport, but also because there are no taxis in Yazoo City for you to get to the prison and back to your hotel. So it sure is good she picks you up on Friday and returns you to the airport on Sundays (or in the case of your 3-day visit on the Memorial Day weekend, on the Monday evening after you visit me), and comes to the prison with you when you two visit Wally and me. It’s great that she has a nice comfortable car and is a very safe driver, that makes me feel very good.

I prepared a schedule for you to visit me every two weeks with a few exceptions, a three-week gap in June, August, and October. You have the busiest summer imaginable, with speaking engagements or appearances at the Treating Yourself Expo in Toronto (June 3,4, and 5), Tacoma Hempfest (June 25), Cannabis Day at the Art Gallery in Vancouver (July 1), Seattle Hempfest (August 20 & 21), Portland Hempfest (September 10). For your visits to me on Memorial Day (May 30), July 4 (Independence Day) and Labor Day (Sept. 5), as per B.O.P. policy, we’ll be able to have photographs taken of our visit in the visitation room.

Each cell here has a locker for each cellie, a small desk, a toilet and sink. It’s a small cell for two people, but it’s adequate. It’s certainly more private that the 64-man dorm I lived in at D Ray James, and the locker is better, and I can use the toilet with more privacy that at DRJ. I do have to say, however, that you can adapt to many things, and I had previously adapted to the dorm and the lack of privacy at DRJ. My cell here has a tiny window to look out into the yard, good for at least determining what kind of weather is outside.

The cell door unlocks at 6am each morning. During the week, I get up at 6:15am and dress in my clothes from the night before. If you have any legal mail to pick up, you have to cross the compound and go pick it up at 6:30. On Thursday morning, it’s my day of the week to take my dirty laundry, the bed linens, shirts, t-shirts, trousers to exchange for clean clothes at the laundry exchange; that’s around 6:30 am. Those inmates who work the laundry are very fast and they process 400 inmates a day from Monday to Thursday, you don’t wait in line long. Hopefully, when you get your laundry, you still have time to get your morning meal, which is usually oatmeal (I called it porridge growing up with British parents), two pints of milk and a fruit, usually a grapefruit or orange (and a better quality orange than the scrawny ones at DRJ), but occasionally a good apple or banana. Morning meal is from 6:40am to 7:15, and you get called out based on the sanitation inspection that goes on for each unit, so that if your unit is the cleanest during inspection, you get released first for all meals for one week (until the verdict of the next inspection comes in), and if your unit scored the lowest, you get released last for your meals for one week. Being last or near the end means that you can miss a meal if you go to laundry exchange.

In this prison, inmates are only released for “a 10-minute move” at 7am, 8am, 9am, and the recall (all inmates report back to their unit for “count”) at 10am. This movement is so inmates can go to the barbershop, the commissary (the inmate store), their job (every inmate is assigned a job which varies vastly in time required, pay, workload), the yard, medical, library, etc. Then lunch starts at 11:20 and goes to noon, with 10-minute movements at noon, 1pm, 2pm and recall at 3pm. We are locked into our cells (called “Lock Down”) from 3:45 to 4:45pm when a daily routine called “Stand-up Count” is done of each inmate in their cells at 4pm, and you’d better be standing up when the C.O.s (correctional officers) come by! Evening meal is 5:20pm to 6pm, with 10-minute moves at 6pm, 7pm and recall to units at 8pm.

Each morning, there is a “Call-Out Sheet” in each unit. It is imperative each inmate look at the call-out sheet. If you have been assigned to any appointment (dental, medical, education, meeting with counselors, legal mail pick up, etc.) or have had your job assignment changed, the time and location of where you are expected to be is on the sheet. If you miss an appointment, you can be cited for an infraction. So every inmate checks the daily call-out sheet the night before or that morning.

Each inmate within 3 weeks of arrival gets assigned a job. When you are not reporting to your job, you are free to go to the yard, the barbershop, the commissary, etc. during the 10-minute move.

The most demanding job is to work in kitchen services. Kitchen services makes all the food for the inmates, 3 times daily, 7 days a week, for 1,500+ people. It requires a work force of 170 inmates working either a morning shift from 4:30am to 7:30am, 10am to noon, or an afternoon shift from noon to 2pm, 3:30 to 7pm over a 5-day period.

Jobs here at the prison can pay as little as $5 or $10 a month, light jobs that require only a few hours a day, like my clerking job for the Recreation area. I keep track of the inmates (currently 75) assigned to the afternoon and evening shifts in the Recreation Building and Yard. I note new additions and transfers, and keep track of their attendance for the purposes of their pay sheets. This includes the inmates who teach music, look after the instrument room, the practice studio, the leathercraft studio, the art studio, clean the washroom, maintain the pool tables & equipment, sweep the area, mow the massive lawn area in the rec yard (with push handmowers I haven’t seen since I was a kid in the 1960’s doing lawns at $1 each), maintain and store the basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, act as umpires or referees during baseball, soccer, football games outside, and basketball games in the gymnasium, cleaning of the gymnasium, picking up of litter and maintaining the trash containers.

More demanding jobs like in kitchen services will pay $40-$60 per month, or in “Facilities” where actual skilled work is required, like plumbing, sheetrock installation, construction, venting, ductwork, $80-$120 per month. There are medical orderlies (workers), commissary orderlies, barbers, laundry orderlies (this requires about 40 people), morning rec yard orderlies, afternoon rec yard orderlies, unit orderlies who clean and polish floors, clean and disinfect phone and computer terminals, clean the showers, take out the trash, maintain the compound area between the three housing buildings and the Chow Hall and other buildings that make up our entire world if you are an inmate.

The highest paying job is to work for Unicor, Federal Prison Industries, Inc. Many inmates want to work at the Unicor plant here and there is a waiting list. Unicor is the Bureau of Prison’s industrial manufacturing that goes on in most B.O.P. prisons. It pays workers, depending on seniority and rate of production by each inmate, $66 per month at one month experience, to $100 per month after 4 months, then $133 per month after 7 months, and $166 per month after 10 months, up to $200 a month. After 85 months at Unicor, an inmate could earn $240 a month plus overtime of $2.80 an hour. For the machine operators who make the clothes, there is a minimum quota, and then any additional output is extra pay. Unicor is like a serious factory job, from 7:45 am to 11am, with 40 minutes for lunch and a bathroom break, and then resumes from 11:45 am to 3:30pm.

Unicor employs 350 people here. It is a huge concern! Here they make uniforms and vests for all branches of the US armed forces. A lot of uniforms! Most jobs are in sewing together these uniforms, but like any factory, there are inmate accountants, clerks, computer data inputters, but machine operators mostly. Attendance and performance here are required to keep these desirable jobs, as many inmates have no outside source of income and rely on their Unicor job to give them $75 – $200 a month to spend at the commissary or order a book or magazine subscription by mail. There is overtime pay at time and a half when the demand is there, so there is the possibility of more money to be earned beyond the 5-day a week 7:45am to 3:30pm basic hours. Unicor factories that make clothes are located in 24 federal prisons; factories that make electronics and plastics are located in 15 federal prisons; recycling plants are at 8 federal prisons; industrial products are made at 7 federal prisons; office furniture is made at 8 federal prisons; automotive and naval transportation industrials at 8 federal prisons; and services (like phone, telemarketing) at 16 federal prisons.

Yazoo City Prison Complex SignYazoo City Prison Complex SignAfter I return from the chow hall for morning meal, I take a shower. There are 10 showers stalls, concealed properly by doors for privacy, with a good range of temperature from cool to hot, that require you to turn a dial. At D Ray James, there was no privacy, the temperature came out at one level, warm, and you had to press a button every 10 seconds to maintain water flow. This is much better. They sell the coal tar shampoo I need to keep my scalp from getting itchy and flaky, and a good razor and shave cream at the commissary, so the shower is very refreshing.

Then I change into clean clothes for the day. Socks, underwear and any personally owned items, like commissary-bought clothing (you can buy t-shirts, shorts, track pants, sweatshirt, thermal underclothes) and towels, are put in a mesh bag that has your name on it and you place it in a bin in your unit on Wednesday and Sunday, and it comes back the next day washed. Everything in that mesh bag is washed at once in giant – and I mean really big – washing machines with about 25 other mesh bags, and then dried in an equally giant drier machine by the inmates. So our laundry is done in two parts: personal items, socks, underwear this way (washed and dried in your mesh bag); and shirts, trousers, bed linens are exchanged for identical sized cleaned, pressed and folded items.

When you go to your job, or the Chow Hall at lunchtime meal (Monday to Friday), or any medical, dental, commissary, education, visitation or formal detail/call-out, you must be attired in full outfit, khaki trousers, boots, t-shirt, khaki shirt, belt. For morning meal, evening meal, weekends, yard activities, and while in your cell or in your unit, you can wear any kind of the prison-issued clothing and running shoes sold in the commissary. You are permitted to take off your shirt in the yard area during workouts and exercise.

It is blazing hot and humid here at times, almost always sunny, and we are issued hats on arrival and can buy baseball caps in the commissary (at a reasonable $4) and I always wear mine from noon to 3pm, along with clip-on sunglasses, outside in the yard. The boots issued to me here gave my left heel huge painful blisters, so I bought a softer set of boots called Wolverines from commissary for $67, that while still steel-toed, are extremely comfortable and are a great improvement over the hot and heavy boots I was issued. In the yard, inmates wear running shoes, except the lawnmower orderlies who keep the large field of grass cut wear their workboots.

After a shower and dressing in the morning, I go to check my email. We don’t have internet in prison, nor MP3 players, CD players, or Kindle readers, although I think the B.O.P. should sell those devices in the commissary. But we do have radios we can buy, and headphones, and that is how inmates listen to the TV sets in the unit. There are nine TVs in this unit; you listen to them through your radio on a separate internal radio track. Two TVs are geared for the African-American inmates who comprise at least 60% of the inmates (BET, AMC are popular), two are set on the sports channels (ESPN 1 & 2), one is CNN, three are Hispanic (they comprise 25% of the inmates), and one is for the white inmates (NASCAR, Country Music Television, History Channel). But any inmate can watch any television.

Voluntary segregation exists in the Chow Hall where whites tend to sit together, African-Americans sit together, and Hispanics sit together. There is a dining table for anyone – they identify themselves as Christians – where Hispanic, white, black, and homosexuals can seat themselves without prejudice. I sit among the whites because that’s how I was shown when I arrived, and most (but not all) of my friends are white, so I usually sit with a friend or friends in the dining hall.

Virtually all cells are racially compatible, meaning two Hispanics will be housed together in one cell, African-Americans in one cell, whites in one cell, etc. but my friend Chris, who is apparently African-American (I just assumed he was well tanned, honestly!) has had an Hispanic cellmate quite satisfactorily. The radio also picks up radio stations quite clearly if you turn the light off in your cell (the electromagnetism involved in lighting creates distortion) or go outside. I have my radio set to an oldies station (pop hits from 1960 to 1980), a classic rock station (rock songs from 1964 to 1985), Jack FM (which play “anything they want” so they say, but it’s possibly the best station), an R&B station (I keep waiting for them to play Rihanna’s song S&M which I just love, Rihanna is “da bomb”!) and a modern pop station. 90% of the time I’m on the oldies station, Jack FM or the classic rock station when I listen to the radio walking the track in the yard, or at night before sleep.

So at 7:30am, I go to my email on the Corrlinks prison “email” system. I have 30 contacts I can correspond via email with. Of course I am most excitedly hoping for a long “overnighter” message from you, my beloved Jodie, explaining how your day before went, bringing me up to date on your life and what’s going on in the world. I am always crushed, if after a long day at work, you get home and fall asleep before writing me a long note, as sometimes happens. I long for you all day, even though I stay busy, but I think about you all day throughout the day, and live for your messages. We only get 300 minutes a month of phone time, and that’s only 10 minutes a day to call you, usually at 9pm at night my time. So I need and crave your email messages in a way that it is hard for someone on the outside to understand.

Email costs me $3 an hour, and in my first 30 days here, I spent $300 on 100 hours of email correspondence! This fee, which sounds exorbitant, is apparently to pay for the B.O.P. staff to read all incoming and outgoing email, as in prison there is no right to privacy – although I have never had any email censored nor have I ever been reprimanded for any email (this is also true of every letter in the mail I have received and every one I have sent, well over 1,300 letters I’ve sent to correspondents in 12 months in US federal prisons).

I’m on the Corrlinks email for three hours a day, sometimes more. If I have a contact who doesn’t email me regularly or often, or only emails me superficial hellos, I will delete that contact to make room for a regular letter mail correspondent who writes by postal mail, and begin an email correspondence with them. In the case of email with me, my contacts have to use it or lose it! If I could have an unlimited number of email contacts, it would be different, but since I can only have 30, they have to be active email friendships because keeping constantly updated and connected means everything when you’re in prison.

This is an account of my monthly spending: $300 on email, $120 on the phone calls to you each month, $320 on my commissary, which is all my food, boots, running shoes, toiletries, t-shirts, towels, shorts, each month (I usually spend the $320 limit before my 30 day period is up), plus about $80-$100 a month on stamps to send letters and books I’ve read to my correspondents. So that’s $820-$850 each month! This is why I encourage you to ask my supporters and friends to make donations to my commissary account, because that $10,000 a year is beyond your ability to provide. I receive no income except for the $10 or so a month I get from my clerking job. Thankfully, over my decades of activism and financing hundreds of people’s projects, campaigns and even personal emergencies, there are many who feel they want to thank me for all I’ve given to others. That support is crucial and welcome in the most pressing time of need I’ve ever experienced in my life.

Today I am going to the commissary to spend the remaining $42 left on my $320 monthly limit. My phone minutes and my commissary limits are reset on the 7th of each month, and it’s only May 23 today, so my limit won’t be reset for 14 days! I’m well stocked on most things, but I need some more trail mix, tortillas for the salmon wraps I make, a few t-shirts, and some postage stamps. I don’t buy any junk food, no sweets, candies, chocolate bars, or fattening foods; mostly I eat a lot of albacore tuna and pink salmon packs, chili garlic sauces, garlic, refried beans, higher quality meats, powdered milk, mayonnaise, jalapeno peppers, nuts (OK, these are fattening, but it’s my only fattening food choice), etc. This month I purchased the Wolverine boots, so that $67 took a bite out of my monthly limit. Postage stamps and medicines like ibuprofen, antibiotic ointment, etc. don’t count against an inmate’s monthly spending limit so those can always be obtained if I need them and have the money in my account.

Yazoo City Medium-Security Prison ExteriorYazoo City Medium-Security Prison ExteriorInmates are let into the commissary during the 10 minute moves, Monday to Thursday, 7, 8, and 9am, and in the lunch hour (11:20 to noon) and at 1 and 2pm. A C.O. collects your filled-out commissary purchase sheet (listing the items you want) and takes it through a door into the big store area where several inmates whip about with each sheet gathering up each order. You have to wait in the commissary waiting room for your name to be called, and when you go to a counter through a door, the goods are tallied, you put them in your all-purpose mesh bag (used for both laundry and commissary purchases), and then return to the waiting room where you will be let out at the top of the hour (8, 9, 10am, lunch time, or 1, 2, and 3pm). I always carry a book with me when I go to commissary, medical, or appointments where I’ll be waiting until the next ten-minute move.

In my emails, I write my experiences, work on my autobiography, receive current news stories, and stay in close touch with you, my close friends and numerous activists. This is distinctly different that my previous prison, D Ray James, which, not being part of the Bureau of Prisons, did not have Corrlinks email. All immigrant prisons in the US run by GEO Group and CCA do not have email for inmates.

After I do one hour of email, usually from 7:30 to 8:30am, I tidy my cell so it’s spotless and the desk is clear, our shoes are lined up according to regulations, beds are made properly, and all surfaces clear. Everything should be inside a locker. You can be punished substantially for not having a totally tidy and neat cell. Also, our entire unit is graded, and as I have said, our position for release to the chow hall for one week is arranged based on that grade.

At 9am I go to the yard for one hour of walking the track. Today I walked 6 laps with my radio and headphones on listening to music. One lap is 1/2 a mile, so I walked 3 miles in one hour. It was 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) and humid, but not uncomfortable. It will get much hotter and more humid soon however. Yesterday was a Sunday and I practiced guitar for 3 hours, 90 minutes on acoustic 6-string, and 90 minutes of a bass guitar. I have been practicing for 16 days now, at least one hour each day. Much more about that later, as I practice between 6pm and 8pm every day except when you visit me. It’s too hot and sunny to walk the track from noon to 3pm when I am also in the Recreation Area.

This area that Yazoo City is located in is known as the Mississippi Delta. It’s not near the Mississippi River delta – that of course, is down by New Orleans. The Mississippi Delta is a flat floodplain bordered by the Mississippi River on the west, Vicksburg on the south, Memphis on the north, and the Yazoo, Black, and Tallahachie Rivers on the east. This area, if you look at it on a map, is historically very prone to flooding when the mighty Mississippi, the third largest river system in the world (after the Amazon, the world’s largest, and the Nile – and I believe the Mississippi and its tributaries is larger in fact, than the Nile, by far), receives large amounts of rain in the northern states or has a cool spring and the snow melt is delayed. In 1927, a massive flood of this Delta caused the US federal government over the 1930’s and 40’s to embark on a system of levees and flood containment engineering projects. However, sometimes, like the past month, huge rainfalls combined with cool weather (and thus, delayed snow melt) in the northern states of Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, and Indiana feed the Ohio River, Missouri River, and various tributaries of the Mississippi to cause it to swell and overflow its banks. That’s why, in the past four weeks, huge areas around the Mississippi river at Memphis, Vicksburg, and much of Arkansas, Missouri, the Delta here, and a huge swatch of Louisiana have been or will be flooded.

For a while it was speculated that if Yazoo City flooded from the Yazoo and Black rivers backing up (not being able to drain into the swollen Mississippi River), that all of us here at the federal prison would be evacuated. The Yazoo River, in fact, is at its highest point (“cresting”) today, but the levees have held and not broken or been breached. But even if it floods over the compound, the plan is to take our mattress from the ground floor (where I am) and put it on the floor of the upper building (the three inmate housing buildings have two levels). So we’ve been a bit nervous about that for a few weeks now, because flooding would close the yard and probably make life very inconvenient for us here.

[Update by Jodie: the flooding has receded and the prison is safe from any emergency action being required.]

This area is famous for a black musical form called the Delta Blues, made famous by Robert Johnson, but continued on by Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, Buddy Guy and many other blues musicians who came out of cotton-picking sharecropping families here in the Mississippi Delta. This area has always been white plantation owners and black laborers, and is historically the only state where blacks have always outnumbered whites. Many violent and vicious civil rights incidents happened here from 1955 to 1966.

One of the most famous and notorious torture prisons was here, The Parchman Farm, otherwise known as Louisiana State Penitentiary, famous in the book and movie “Cool Hand Luke”. Cool Hand Luke is about a white Mississippian who, protesting City Hall’s abuse of power, saws off the money-collecting heads of parking meters, and gets thrown in Mississippi State pen, the Parchman Farm, and ultimately dies there. It’s famous for the line by prison gang work team over-seer (played by George Kennedy) “What we have here is a failure to communicate”, ominously mocking the era’s liberal values and phraseology while predicting cruelty and torture to follow. Before I arrived in Mississippi I read the book “Worse Than Slavery” on the history of the Parchman Farm (M.S.P.). When civil rights “Freedom Riders” and “Voter registration” activists were arrested in mass round-ups in 1961 to 1966, hundreds were incarcerated at Parchman farm and underwent disturbing cruelties.

This place is, fortunately, not like that. Yazoo City medium is well run in so far as rules are clear and consistent. I have seen no violence here, and I have not seen any disrespect by correctional officers or inmates. I hope it remains that way. The fact is, however, inmates here are sentenced to absurd lengths of incarceration. There are many inmates with 20 and 25-year sentences for cocaine or methamphetamine sales. These sentences will cost the US taxpayer over $1,000,000 each over the life of each 25-year sentence. Most here at Yazoo have been sentenced for drug offenses, and most received 15, 17, 20 years, and some longer, including life sentences. Staggering long sentences! The man who is teaching me bass guitar has been in jail 30 years over drugs, with 9 more to go! I don’t know how they manage to find the optimism to keep on going, and I’m grateful for the relatively short sentence I received in comparison.

Inside the unit I am housed in with 125 other inmates (unit E-1), I do three hours a day of email, write letters, read mail, and read my books and magazines. Currently I am reading “Under Their Thumb” by Max German, a well-written memoir by a fan of the Rolling Stones about his time with the band from 1980 to 1985. I just finished an excellent novel by a favorite writer, Lauren Helfer, called “A Fierce Radiance”, a story (published 2010) about the mass production development of penicillin from 1941 to 1943 and how it impacted WW2 and a staggering number of previously fatal illnesses that bedeviled humankind. Helfer wrote one previous book, “City of Light”, 10 years ago, a novel about the impact mass electrification had on Buffalo, New York (and ultimately all North America) from harnessing the Niagara Falls for hydro-electric power generation. Both books involve murder, huge financial stakes, class struggles, many deaths in the pursuit of progress, and heroic characters – ordinary people driven to extraordinary achievements and accomplishments. I actually thought Helfer has taken Ayn Rand’s sense of life from Rand’s books and told a better story using genuine characters and historically important epochs to tell them. Yet there is no ideological message that Helfer wishes us to buy into; she’s a great storyteller hoping to illuminate us as to the greatness in our past and the triumph of human beings over much adversity and challenge. In both cases, men AND women lead a crusade to harness nature for the good of all humankind. Helfer’s lead characters in both books are admirable and convincing women.

Previous to reading “A Fierce Radiance”, I read the 11th book in the #1 Ladies Detective series. I have read them all, and they are delightful light reading. Since I have been at Yazoo City, I’ve read “Lovesick Blues”, an excellent biography of Hank Williams, the southern musician that established country music as a mass music; two wonderful books called “Junior Ray” and “Yazoo Blues” written by John Pritchard, using a character, a retired police officer from the Delta here, narrated in a Delta dialect, to hilariously recount the culture and parts of history of this area. Its candor, dialect, and outrageous sensibility had me laughing aloud at times, and both are extremely delightful.

Only one magazine of my 30 subscriptions has had my change of address effected so I am getting it here, that’s the excellent Bloomberg Business Week magazine, a terrific read that keeps me on top of the business world. All others have yet to be rerouted, after 35 days. I miss all my magazines, especially MacLeans, the Canadian current affairs magazine. That’s one of the challenges of being moved to a new facility; magazine subscriptions take up to a couple months to get rerouted. Thankfully, you’re working on changing the address for dozens of my magazines. I look forward to getting those in the coming weeks and months.

More updates to come. Thank you for being so supportive!

SEND MARC MAIL & MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS:

Marc Emery #40252-086
Yazoo City Medium E-1
PO Box 5888
Yazoo City, MS
39194

Guidelines for how to send books and magazines are posted at www.FreeMarc.ca under the “Write To Marc” tab at the top of the website.

Marc is already subscribed to the following magazines. He would especially like any travel and news magazines that are not listed.

National Geographic
MacLeans
Mother Jones
Reason
The Economist
New York Times
Maxim
Discover
Bloomberg Business week
The Atlantic
Harpers
Rolling Stone
Vanity Fair
Guitar Edge
Mojo
The Walrus
Surfer
American Curves
Beautiful British Columbia
7×7 Magazine
The Hockey News
SLAM Magazine (basketball)
Prison Legal News
Men’s Journal
The Progressive
Wired
Popular Science
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords

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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    don’t you cops have anything better to do. you lost. we won! We won the war on drugs and the wall is crumbling as I write this.marijuana is legal in 19 states and you are about to be out of a job. give us your address so we can send you a bunch of magazines for when you don’t have a job any more.

  6. LINDA FOSTER on

    Hi Jodie, I address this to you as I know Marc will get this second hand! I do the same with my son’s aol email account and his Facebook site. My beloved son, Karey, is located in Yazoo Low. He has spent almost 4 years in the BOP following a conviction of trafficking in marijuana for which he received 152 months, translated is almost 13 years. It was his first, ever, criminal charge. My son had never spent 24 hours in a jail, much less serve any time in a prison. Karey never dealt in anything but weed, did not sell to minors, mostly just friends, was never violent or had ever even possessed a weapon. Karey is a very talented musician. He writes his own lyrics and music then plays and sings guitar and piano to all his own compositions. If you would like to hear some of his music, please go to http://www.cdbaby.com and search for Karey Lee. You can preview several of his songs for free. Karey plays and writes the music that he performs at almost all the BOP sponsored RDAP (drug program) graduations. Each class usually has a motto so he tries to write a special song for each class. He is a wonderful young man with a heart of gold and so much charisma that everyone just automatically falls in love with him. We miss him so much. Each holiday has less color and our usual laughter is somehow flat. We are a loving family with many friends and we try to go about our daily lives with pleasure but even though we are not physically locked up, we spend each moment with a part of our hearts and minds doing the time with our Karey. We have exhausted all appeals.
    When Karey was first arrested, we believed in the American justice system. We believed the prosecutors promise of leniency if Karey would co-operate, we believed in Karey’s attorney who gave us an estimate on the length of sentence. LOL!!! Now I can’t believe how naive we were. Karey complied with all their requests. He admitted to his part of the dealing. He told them how much and even agreed to lie about the amounts since the DEA said they were having trouble collaborating the weight. Karey’s attorney chose not to be at these briefings and told Karey to just agree with whatever the DEA wanted since that was his best chance at getting a reduced sentence! The promise of a more lenient sentence was dangled before us while Karey tried to co-operate and until he signed the plea agreement. The ageement for liencey was taken off the table after he signed the plea agreement and only one day before sentencing. After the sentencing we were told the attorney misfigured the points that governed his sentence length and the prosecutors said Karey’s co operation was insufficient to warrant any leniency! There were so many false hoods told and so much deceit from the prosecutor’s side and so many errors committed by his attorney that it would take far too much of your time to innumerate. Karey broke the law and as such deserved some punishment. However, his first time, non violent offense could have been dealt with by 3-5 years. Karey knows now that laws, just or unjust, have to be obeyed and only through legislation can they be changed. He will never deal again. I can’t say he will never light up another doobie but at least now he knows what consequences are to be expected if he chooses to break laws. Fair? Hardly! Any rational person understands that pot is less harmful than alcohol, but we as a society, have deemed alcohol acceptable.
    Weed could be managed the same way as alcohol and the large profit taken away from dealers who are not in dealing for anything except the money. Greed placed Karey in prison, not the use of weed. Would minors get access to pot? Most certainly, just like they do with alcohol but we cannot supervise every minor. The parents should be the ones monitoring their children’s behavior. If the parents were more vigilent and had more open communication with their own children, I think minors would be less likely to rebell by the use of illegal substances. I live in Fl where prescription drug abuse far out weighs the use of cocaine and meth combined! Sorry, I did not mean to take up so much of your time. I know how much time it takes just to keep your incarcerated loved one feeling secure in his family. I have posted Karey Woolsey 34411-018 address in Yazoo on the info page of his Facebook site. Anyone who wishes to write is welcome. The highlight of any inmate’s day is mail call. I get the “I don’t know what to say” comment from people all the time. You don’t have to be eloquent or live an exciting life to brighten an inmates day. In fact I’ve been known to say “Just write about your trip to Walmart and include your grocery list”. It is the every day things that the inmate misses most of all. It helps them feel connected to the free world they miss so much. God bless you and Marc and keep up the good work. When I was a young, little hippie girl, back in the 60’s, we were all convinced that by the time we were senior citizens, our generation would be the occupants of Congress and pot would be legalized with a control system in place. Unfortunately, this is not so. Now, I’m a 69 year old great grandmother who wonders sometimes if my liberal views on pot might have contributed to my son’s incarceration. He was not raised to think that pot was harmful even though I myself never smoked it. I would still rather be on the road with driver’s high on marijuana than with a bunch of drunks who think they are 10 foot tall and bullet proof! My own personal experience with tokers is they would rather just sit back, watch TV and eat munchies while high. On the other hand, most alcohol abusers want to interact and impose their will on others and love to display their aggressions behind the wheel of a fast moving vehicle.
    By the way MP3 players are close to being made accessible through the commissary in Yazoo Low! Yippeee! Those pitiful little radios have very poor reception.
    Please excuse any mis-spellings and punctuation. My inmate pen pals are not too fussy about such niceities so I’m a little rusty!
    Peace and love from this old hippie!
    Linda

  7. Anonymous on

    Hello Marc,

    I was trying to see what all programs they have there at Yazoo Medium, such as, drug programs, and do they have a gym there. what activites they have for inmates. you may have wrote it already and i just overlooked it.

  8. Truth hurts on

    this is hilarious, why is it everyone’s burden to “Send Marc stuff”
    lets see he already has 28 magazine subscriptions – more than any person can read in a month, some of which are probably delivered weekly

    Then lets see he gets “American Curves” which is a porn mag focusing on girls asses in thongs bent over, his pathetic fat ass sitting there fantasizing about those near naked girls is the equivalent of cheating – hmm lets see, does anyone think Jodi is at home masturbating to Playgirl, or GQ? Ha I dont think so, instead she’s crying, and “fund raising” and lobbying to get her pervert loser husband more money to buy candy bars and porn mags to sustain his prison life – which he brought all upon himself. If he were smart, or honorable, etc. then why didn’t he place more value on freedom and his relationship instead of being an irresponsible “rebellious” jackass and get himself into this situation?

    Furthermore he still owns a website plastered with companies selling,,,you guessed it POT SEEDS!

    LOL this is the biggest joke ever, but thankfully the punchline ends with him in an American prison, haha nice one – and BTW nobody with a brain, or a life thinks you’re the prince of anything…except crying in a concrete cell between jerkoffs to your nudie magazine – what a loser. Your biggest notable achievement is tricking a nice (but naive) girl into being your humble loyal servant, similar to Charles Manson, street pimps, and so on.

    Oh here let me send you some money and magazines you poor guy…buy some candy and commissary items and some jerk off mags

    Shame on you – idiot.
    and I feel bad for “Dearest Jodie” too bad he brainwashed you :(
    Look at all this suffering, hassle, stress, etc. and you’re not even close to it being over – what an inconsiderate jerk.

  9. Anonymous on

    The three should never, and I say never be in the same sentence! The addictiveness of heroin and cocaine can not be compared to the effects from marijuana? Any one that thinks so is either dumb, completely uneducated, or in religious right wing political denial. The Year is 2011, not the early sixties when myth of how marijuana was a life ruining experience. The same cannot be said for heroin of cocaine? The manufacturing of both heroin and cocaine does not compare to the processing of cannabis into hashish? Our Prime Minister allow his religious belief to effect his political decisions but refuses to except that anyone could religiously believe the use of marijuana to be a spiritual experience! It is not the idiot who still thinks heroin and cocaine compare to marijuana in any way or form that needs to be convinced of their mental error, it is our politicians who allow their mistaken ideals to rule their beliefs, instead of expert opinion. There is no question that expert of far greater experience that Mr. Harper stating the Safe Injection Site in Vancouver is good for the community! But Harper spends millions of taxpayer dollars to contest the authority of our courts? Shame on Canadians for giving this right wing religious based mistake a majority!

  10. Daniel on

    Oddly enough, Marc Emery happens to be my good friend Wally’s cell-mate. This update was so great to read. It seems they are keeping busy. I cannot believe either of them are in jail over such victimless crimes. If you are complaining about the legalization of drugs, complain somewhere else. If that doesn’t work, take a look at Portugal since the 2001 decriminalization of all drugs. Addiction rates are down amongst teens, and about average in adults. Everything in moderation as mom says haha. I’m Glad to hear that both my best bud wally, and Marc are doing well. This post put some of my questions and concerns to rest. I hope you two are doing well, it seems that is the case. I hope something can be done to expidite marc’s release, as his crimes were extremely benign, and the extradition barely legal. Take care now. Daniel

  11. Anonymous on

    can you think of any country any where on this planet where ALL drugs are legal…you act like canada is the only country that has criminal consequences for drug possession and drug trafficking

  12. Anonymous on

    just a small input to your reply
    meth /cocaine or any other drug are here to stay for 1000ths of years to come
    as long as their is a demand
    now putting some one in prison for drugs is just insane if you really take a hard look at it
    why is it people who know the least have the loudest opinions i dont know
    i am not a drug addict but with all the information out on the internet on drugs; i think it should be your choice wether you want to do the drug or not i dont want some one to tell me what drugs i should do or not
    and what effect does drugs have on me in the first place, when i dont do drugs.
    why would i want my tax money waisted on that when health care for the elders really suck i guess some people like living under controled censorship enviroments i think as a free citizen i should have my choice and respect other peoples choices
    in 1800 we killed people because we thought they were witches in the 1900s we were allowed to kill our black slaves if they escaped. in ww2 we had hitler eliminating the jews and today we have marc emery as the witch of 2011 for what i consider for a non existing crime i am a shame at how our goverments washes peoples minds

  13. Anonymous on

    you said long sentences can not stop some one from selling drugs….how can someone doing twenty years for selling heroin continue selling heroin…just curious

  14. Anonymous on

    You are absolutely right

  15. owen_g on

    “and I’m grateful for the relatively short sentence I received in comparison.”

    i dont get to read much
    or drop
    by

    but i am nicely baked all the time

    i’ll see if i can get you a mag…

    owen

  16. Anonymous on

    WELL GOOD THING WAVES COME IN AND THEN QUICKLY GO BACK OUT!!!!!! YOUR WAVE OF CONSERVATISM WILL QUICKLY BE GONE AS WELL. THE WAVE YOU SPEAK OF LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE OBAMA AND THE DNC ROAD IN ON IN 08. IF YOUR ANY STUDENT OF HISTORY YOU KNOW YOUR WAVE WILL END SOONER THEN LATER. THE WAVE YOU LOVE SO MUCH COMES MORE FROM THE CONSERVATIVES SPREADING FEAR AND LIES.THIS TACTIC WORKs WELL FOR A SHORT TIME, LIKE ONE ELECTION CYCLE AND THEN LIKE A WAVE ITS GONE. SEE YOU CONSERVATIVES IN 2012 BY THEN OUR WAVE WILL BE COMING IN AND YOURS WILL BE GOING OUT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MY HAVE TAKEN 2010 BUT NOW THE FREE LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU FOR THE FASCIST THAT YOU ARE!!!!!

  17. Anonymous on

    WELL GOOD THING WAVES COME IN AND THEN QUICKLY GO BACK OUT!!!!!! YOUR WAVE OF CONSERVATISM WILL QUICKLY BE GONE AS WELL. THE WAVE YOU SPEAK OF LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE OBAMA AND THE DNC ROAD IN ON IN 08. IF YOUR ANY STUDENT OF HISTORY YOU KNOW YOUR WAVE WILL END SOONER THEN LATER. THE WAVE YOU LOVE SO MUCH COMES MORE FROM THE CONSERVATIVES SPREADING FEAR AND LIES.THIS TACTIC WORKs WELL FOR A SHORT TIME, LIKE ONE ELECTION CYCLE AND THEN LIKE A WAVE ITS GONE. SEE YOU CONSERVATIVES IN 2012 BY THEN OUR WAVE WILL BE COMING IN AND YOURS WILL BE GOING OUT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MY HAVE TAKEN 2010 BUT NOW THE FREE LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU FOR THE FASCIST THAT YOU ARE!!!!!

  18. Anonymous on

    WELL GOOD THING WAVES COME IN AND THEN QUICKLY GO BACK OUT!!!!!! YOUR WAVE OF CONSERVATISM WILL QUICKLY BE GONE AS WELL. THE WAVE YOU SPEAK OF LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE OBAMA AND THE DNC ROAD IN ON IN 08. IF YOUR ANY STUDENT OF HISTORY YOU KNOW YOUR WAVE WILL END SOONER THEN LATER. THE WAVE YOU LOVE SO MUCH COMES MORE FROM THE CONSERVATIVES SPREADING FEAR AND LIES.THIS TACTIC WORKs WELL FOR A SHORT TIME, LIKE ONE ELECTION CYCLE AND THEN LIKE A WAVE ITS GONE. SEE YOU CONSERVATIVES IN 2012 BY THEN OUR WAVE WILL BE COMING IN AND YOURS WILL BE GOING OUT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MY HAVE TAKEN 2010 BUT NOW THE FREE LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU FOR THE FASCIST THAT YOU ARE!!!!!

  19. Anonymous on

    WELL GOOD THING WAVES COME IN AND THEN QUICKLY GO BACK OUT!!!!!! YOUR WAVE OF CONSERVATISM WILL QUICKLY BE GONE AS WELL. THE WAVE YOU SPEAK OF LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE OBAMA AND THE DNC ROAD IN ON IN 08. IF YOUR ANY STUDENT OF HISTORY YOU KNOW YOUR WAVE WILL END SOONER THEN LATER. THE WAVE YOU LOVE SO MUCH COMES MORE FROM THE CONSERVATIVES SPREADING FEAR AND LIES.THIS TACTIC WORKs WELL FOR A SHORT TIME, LIKE ONE ELECTION CYCLE AND THEN LIKE A WAVE ITS GONE. SEE YOU CONSERVATIVES IN 2012 BY THEN OUR WAVE WILL BE COMING IN AND YOURS WILL BE GOING OUT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MY HAVE TAKEN 2010 BUT NOW THE FREE LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU FOR THE FASCIST THAT YOU ARE!!!!!

  20. Anonymous on

    WELL GOOD THING WAVES COME IN AND THEN QUICKLY GO BACK OUT!!!!!! YOUR WAVE OF CONSERVATISM WILL QUICKLY BE GONE AS WELL. THE WAVE YOU SPEAK OF LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE OBAMA AND THE DNC ROAD IN ON IN 08. IF YOUR ANY STUDENT OF HISTORY YOU KNOW YOUR WAVE WILL END SOONER THEN LATER. THE WAVE YOU LOVE SO MUCH COMES MORE FROM THE CONSERVATIVES SPREADING FEAR AND LIES.THIS TACTIC WORKs WELL FOR A SHORT TIME, LIKE ONE ELECTION CYCLE AND THEN LIKE A WAVE ITS GONE. SEE YOU CONSERVATIVES IN 2012 BY THEN OUR WAVE WILL BE COMING IN AND YOURS WILL BE GOING OUT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MY HAVE TAKEN 2010 BUT NOW THE FREE LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU FOR THE FASCIST THAT YOU ARE!!!!!

  21. Anonymous on

    WELL GOOD THING WAVES COME IN AND THEN QUICKLY GO BACK OUT!!!!!! YOUR WAVE OF CONSERVATISM WILL QUICKLY BE GONE AS WELL. THE WAVE YOU SPEAK OF LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE OBAMA AND THE DNC ROAD IN ON IN 08. IF YOUR ANY STUDENT OF HISTORY YOU KNOW YOUR WAVE WILL END SOONER THEN LATER. THE WAVE YOU LOVE SO MUCH COMES MORE FROM THE CONSERVATIVES SPREADING FEAR AND LIES.THIS TACTIC WORKs WELL FOR A SHORT TIME, LIKE ONE ELECTION CYCLE AND THEN LIKE A WAVE ITS GONE. SEE YOU CONSERVATIVES IN 2012 BY THEN OUR WAVE WILL BE COMING IN AND YOURS WILL BE GOING OUT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MY HAVE TAKEN 2010 BUT NOW THE FREE LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU FOR THE FASCIST THAT YOU ARE!!!!!

  22. Anonymous on

    WELL GOOD THING WAVES COME IN AND THEN QUICKLY GO BACK OUT!!!!!! YOUR WAVE OF CONSERVATISM WILL QUICKLY BE GONE AS WELL. THE WAVE YOU SPEAK OF LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE OBAMA AND THE DNC ROAD IN ON IN 08. IF YOUR ANY STUDENT OF HISTORY YOU KNOW YOUR WAVE WILL END SOONER THEN LATER. THE WAVE YOU LOVE SO MUCH COMES MORE FROM THE CONSERVATIVES SPREADING FEAR AND LIES.THIS TACTIC WORKs WELL FOR A SHORT TIME, LIKE ONE ELECTION CYCLE AND THEN LIKE A WAVE ITS GONE. SEE YOU CONSERVATIVES IN 2012 BY THEN OUR WAVE WILL BE COMING IN AND YOURS WILL BE GOING OUT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MY HAVE TAKEN 2010 BUT NOW THE FREE LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU FOR THE FASCIST THAT YOU ARE!!!!!

  23. Anonymous on

    WELL GOOD THING WAVES COME IN AND THEN QUICKLY GO BACK OUT!!!!!! YOUR WAVE OF CONSERVATISM WILL QUICKLY BE GONE AS WELL. THE WAVE YOU SPEAK OF LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE OBAMA AND THE DNC ROAD IN ON IN 08. IF YOUR ANY STUDENT OF HISTORY YOU KNOW YOUR WAVE WILL END SOONER THEN LATER. THE WAVE YOU LOVE SO MUCH COMES MORE FROM THE CONSERVATIVES SPREADING FEAR AND LIES.THIS TACTIC WORKs WELL FOR A SHORT TIME, LIKE ONE ELECTION CYCLE AND THEN LIKE A WAVE ITS GONE. SEE YOU CONSERVATIVES IN 2012 BY THEN OUR WAVE WILL BE COMING IN AND YOURS WILL BE GOING OUT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MY HAVE TAKEN 2010 BUT NOW THE FREE LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU FOR THE FASCIST THAT YOU ARE!!!!!

  24. Anonymous on

    WELL GOOD THING WAVES COME IN AND THEN QUICKLY GO BACK OUT!!!!!! YOUR WAVE OF CONSERVATISM WILL QUICKLY BE GONE AS WELL. THE WAVE YOU SPEAK OF LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE OBAMA AND THE DNC ROAD IN ON IN 08. IF YOUR ANY STUDENT OF HISTORY YOU KNOW YOUR WAVE WILL END SOONER THEN LATER. THE WAVE YOU LOVE SO MUCH COMES MORE FROM THE CONSERVATIVES SPREADING FEAR AND LIES.THIS TACTIC WORKs WELL FOR A SHORT TIME, LIKE ONE ELECTION CYCLE AND THEN LIKE A WAVE ITS GONE. SEE YOU CONSERVATIVES IN 2012 BY THEN OUR WAVE WILL BE COMING IN AND YOURS WILL BE GOING OUT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MY HAVE TAKEN 2010 BUT NOW THE FREE LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU FOR THE FASCIST THAT YOU ARE!!!!!

  25. Anonymous on

    WELL GOOD THING WAVES COME IN AND THEN QUICKLY GO BACK OUT!!!!!! YOUR WAVE OF CONSERVATISM WILL QUICKLY BE GONE AS WELL. THE WAVE YOU SPEAK OF LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE OBAMA AND THE DNC ROAD IN ON IN 08. IF YOUR ANY STUDENT OF HISTORY YOU KNOW YOUR WAVE WILL END SOONER THEN LATER. THE WAVE YOU LOVE SO MUCH COMES MORE FROM THE CONSERVATIVES SPREADING FEAR AND LIES.THIS TACTIC WORK WELL FOR A SHORT TIME, LIKE ONE ELECTION CYCLE AND THEN LIKE A WAVE ITS GONE. SEE YOU CONSERVATIVES IN 2012 BY THEN OUR WAVE WILL BE COMING IN AND YOURS WILL BE GOING OUT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MY HAVE TAKEN 2010 BUT NOW THE FREE LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU FOR THE FASCIST THAT YOU ARE!!!!!

  26. Anonymous on

    WELL GOOD THING WAVES COME IN AND THEN QUICKLY GO BACK OUT!!!!!! YOUR WAVE OF CONSERVATISM WILL QUICKLY BE GONE AS WELL. THE WAVE YOU SPEAK OF LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE OBAMA AND THE DNC ROAD IN ON IN 08. IF YOUR ANY STUDENT OF HISTORY YOU KNOW YOUR WAVE WILL END SOONER THEN LATER. THE WAVE YOU LOVE SO MUCH COMES MORE FROM THE CONSERVATIVES SPREADING FEAR AND LIES.THIS TACTIC WORK WELL FOR A SHORT TIME, LIKE ONE ELECTION CYCLE AND THEN LIKE A WAVE ITS GONE. SEE YOU CONSERVATIVES IN 2012 BY THEN OUR WAVE WILL BE COMING IN AND YOURS WILL BE GOING OUT!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MY HAVE TAKEN 2010 BUT NOW THE FREE LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD CAN SEE YOU FOR THE FASCIST THAT YOU ARE!!!!!

  27. Anonymous on

    can anyone prove that long sentences has ever made some anyone quit using drugs,stop selling drugs or keep anyone from trying drugs ?????? the answer to that question is no because it actually does the opposet. it makes the prices of these band drugs rise to supper inflated prices witch in turn makes it very profitable for some one to deal these drugs in a unregulated black market. these profits in turn attracts the criminal element. So in fact the long sentences as well as the war on drugs( the war on poor people ) is making the problem bigger not better!!!! the war on drug causes more harm then the drugs the war is trying to save us from.

  28. Anonymous on

    can anyone prove that long sentences has ever made some anyone quit using drugs,stop selling drugs or keep anyone from trying drugs ?????? the answer to that question is no because it actually does the opposet. it makes the prices of these band drugs rise to supper inflated prices witch in turn makes it very profitable for some one to deal these drugs in a unregulated black market. these profits in turn attracts the criminal element. So in fact the long sentences as well as the war on drugs( the war on poor people ) is making the problem bigger not better!!!! the war on drug causes more harm then the drugs the war is trying to save us from.

  29. It is still around... on

    Methamphetamine is still available in every drug store, or similar substances at least, and now it’s prescribed to children as young as 3 years old when their parents are too lazy to raise them properly and would prefer a much easier to deal with zombie (Ritalin, Dexedrine, etc.)

    :(

  30. Why should I pay for it? on

    Why should my tax dollars be spent to prevent someone who is stupid enough to use these self-destructive substances from doing them?

    Why should my tax dollars be spent to house, feed, treat, and otherwise care for someone who has been caught using or possessing these substances?

    Everyone wants lower taxes, so why do we agree to pay for policy like this?

    End the drug war 100%, legalize EVERYTHING, unconditionally and completely uncontrolled/unregulated. Addicts have no problem getting what they want now as it is, we are only wasting money and resources trying to prevent them from doing so. Jodie is 100% correct.

    If someone wants to keep using these substances, and does not realize the folly of their ways, they will eventually end up killing themselves. Problem solved for that one case. You know the old saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”… It applies here as well. Everyone KNOWS that these drugs are destructive, if they continue to choose to use them, it is their own prerogative and they WILL face the consequences.

    No, not the unjust consequences imposed by a tyrannical government, rather the consequences of their OWN actions, on their OWN bodies and in their OWN lives.

    The bottom line is this:

    If someone is using any kind of substance, it is a victimless crime and they should not be prosecuted for doing so, UNTIL they affect someone else, or commit a crime (maybe because of their addiction). At that point, prosecute them for the actual crime they have committed and deal with it accordingly.

    At this point people will argue that by doing this (legalizing all drugs, letting dumbass people use them if they choose), we will inevitably see more crime in our society, i.e. because they will be stealing or murdering to get more drugs and feed their addiction, running wild, etc..

    This is bullshit. First of all, if these substances were legal, they would not have sky-high prices; people would not need to steal or murder to get them (well, at least not AS MUCH as they need to currently, i.e. LESS crime). You can also read about places like Amsterdam or Portugal where ALL drugs/substances are decriminalized/essentially legal and see that in fact crime rates WILL go down as a result of doing this.

    Finally, the BOTTOM-BOTTOM LINE is this:

    Nobody, NOBODY has the right to tell you what you can and cannot put into your body! By allowing yourself to be subjugated to laws that seek to do this, you are in essence becoming a slave!

  31. Buzz Killjoy on

    While George Kennedy did play a large role in “Cool Hand Luke”, he was a fellow inmate of Luke’s.

    The actor whom you quoted with regards to a “Communications Breakdown”(slight nod to Led Zed), was, in fact, Strother Martin.

    Keep the faith Mark

  32. Anonymous on

    Paul, do you REALLY think that would be a good idea?

  33. Freddyo on

    I find it extremely shocking that some people have the odacity to comment on issues they obviously have no education on or any personal experience what so ever. It seems to me that some people prefer to show their lack of intelligence to the world by offering opinions they obviously should keep to themselves. Anyway enough of that rant as we all have heard it before at one time or another and this is neither the time for it or the place.
    I would like to thank Marc for his write up here of what life is like for him as I for one really did want to know. Many people like myself do not know what being incarcerated is actually like not that we yearn for it ourselves but because of media sources like tv and what not dramatizing what its like in the wrong perspective. Personally I dont consider marijuana a drug but that is like I said a personal opinion only. My reasoning being since your curious now is that this plant has no side effects and is not addictive and cant be overdosed on, so why the governments of any countries have such strict rules against this plant and its uses is way beyond any understanding I have. There is alot of literature available if one takes the time to look for it and educating oneself is fairly easy and in fact much better to do than to believe what your told by law officers or government officials that are going by what their taught in order to do the jobs they were hired to do, so no offence to these people as we all have jobs to do and must follow our bosses orders or be jobless (stands to reason doesnt it?).
    Personally I dont understand our canadian politicians in how they could have let down one of our citizens the way they did with Marc. I also dont exactly like the american politicians either for not keeping their verbal agreements with Marc. To me this only proves that politicians can be the bigger of any evils involved.
    Enough of my ranting here……..Marc , be well, keep fit and considering where you are do your best to make it thru your time as happily as humanly possible. You have an awesome wife who stands by you and supports you no matter what and that by itself makes you one of the luckiest men on this planet, I know this because my own wife bailed on me as soon as she found out I was handicapped with MD (muscular dystrophy). Take good care and know that myself and many many other people await your release and for you to continue your fight.

  34. Son of Sam Walton on

    I meant $100-115 billion each year is spent on Drug Enforcement since 2001, which means in less than 10 years, we spent over $1 trillion. If this isn’t so, then you will know that 9/11 and the two wars the U.S. are fighting are nothing but video games and all the news and images from the above vents were just game graphics and Video Game Magazine stories trying to get the consumer to buy the games.

    Sad we wasted over a trillion in less than 10yrs.

  35. Anonymous on

    IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED A WAVE OF CONSERVATISM IS OVERTAKING NORTH AMERIC…HARPER , MITT ROMNEY AND OTHER LESSER LIGHTS WITH VISION…YOU ” CARE-ACTORS ” ARE IN FOR A BUMPY ROAD…BUCKLE UP BUTTER CUP

  36. Paul on

    can we send high times magazines?

  37. Robot on

    I honestly got lost in Marc’s words as I read this. His writing is so fluent and is grammar and style is nicely defined.
    Miss you Marc, but love reading all the writing you’ve done.

  38. Anonymous on

    Regarding Marc asking for money to cover his commissary expenses: I understand that he has needs and wants that are not covered under the basic prison provisions. But he is lucky, with all the support the Emery family is receiving. When I read this, I think about all the anonymous prisoners whose families cannot afford to help, or will not help. Look at all the magazines he is subscribed to! Is he able to share these with other inmates?

    I think Marc’s experience is a perfect opportunity to bring attention to the need for more reasonable earning rights for all prisoners, and the need facing many of those not as fortunate to have a fan following like Marc.

  39. Anonymous on

    nahh….they are reserving all the cells for seed peddlers and the mavericks from cannabis culture….

  40. Timothy Leary ****** on

    I was completely unaware that THC was metabolized in2 a stronger variant.

    2 my liberal, Christian hippie mind, the war of drugs is a losing effort and has been ever since it’s inception.
    I believe that drug prohibition was a very foolish move on the part of Richard Nixon!! I believe the american mafia wouldn’t have achieved a fraction of the power/wealth they currently have were it not 4 alcohol prohibition. And the war on drugs has made the illicit drug cartels fantastically rich, and has cost thousands of lives worldwide!

    *pray 4 a sane drug policy*

    Timothy

    :o)

  41. melissa corcoran (not of corcoran prison, home to charles ma on

    I wonder if they have any cells for ppl in Contempt Of Parliment? ehum..clears throat, stephen harper..

  42. John Strangis on

    Couldn’t have said it better. The three strikes law is insulting to say the least, but it does not surprise me considering the prison system in the US is a monument to capitalism. I hope the people will eventually wake up and demand a change in these absurd laws and the end of the drug war.

  43. Zachary Cameron on

    Firstly, Caps-Lock is not cruise control for cool. Please control your use of it.

    It takes about 5 minutes to realize that the vast majority of people who are in prison for trafficking hard drugs are addicts themselves, and would be much better off with counselling, rehabilitation, and an education.

    People who deal coke and don’t do it, generally, don’t get caught, and when they do, they can afford a good lawyer, and don’t end up in Prison for a ridiculously long time.

    There ObviousTroll, I have fed you. Now go back to getting your 10cents a click of taxpayer money you get paid by the conservatives for writing this bull.

  44. Son of Sam Walton on

    By the time you count fighting drug money in our two wars and all the red tape of the DOJ and DOC and fewer bucks being spent by offenders and their family members and that lack of money affecting jobs and consumers trickles down etc:

    The U.S. since 2001 spends between $100-115 Billion on drug enforcement. If this is wrong, then we will finally know that 9/11 and the wars are a big media hoax. Fighting drug money in the form of war is also drug enforcement money stolen from the taxpayers. 50-65% of these wars on terror fights drug money funded fighters.

  45. Son of Sam Walton on

    By the time you count fighting drug money in our two wars and all the red tape of the DOJ and DOC and fewer bucks being spent by offenders and their family members and that lack of money affecting jobs and consumers trickles down etc:

    The U.S. since 2001 spends between $100-115 Billion on drug enforcement. If this is wrong, then we will finally know that 9/11 and the wars are a big media hoax. Fighting drug money in the form of war is also drug enforcement money stolen from the taxpayers. 50-65% of these wars on terror fights drug money funded fighters.

  46. Anonymous on

    I hope the worst for you; that your family dies slowly in front of you and your pig buddies blame you. Cops are sociopathic and must be considered armed and dangerous.

  47. Avraam Jack on

    Hello,

    I am very sorry to hear of what you have endured.

    In terms of what may help, may I suggest that instead of smoking marijuana that you eat it?

    Some people say that the THC should be extracted and the rest of the plant discared when making baked goods. I think that they are wrong. If you bake the entire bud and leaf into the product, you will end up with a green cake that tastes like spinach, but it might be therapeutic in that there may be useful molecules that would otherwise be thrown away in the process. It can only help your insides.

    Also, THC when metabolized by the liver, is turned into a much stronger variant. So it is win – win.

    I hope that helps. By the way, if anybody knows anyone who has an Oracle DBA or Unix Admin job in Colorado or Oregon, could you let me know. I have have to escape the fascist right coast.

    Thank you.

  48. Anonymous on

    What the frig are you talking about? You are obviously a complete moron if you think people at a methadone clinic are their for methamphetamine addiction, methadone is used for opiate addiction. What a clueless moron you are (I am not usually harsh, but this guy deserves it).

    The most dangerous thing about illicit opiates is they are not quality controlled because of prohibition. Heroin can be used safely when medical grade heroin is administered under medical supervision.

    While I believe foremost that pot should be legalized, I also believe that meth and heroin should be legalized, and strictly controlled (ie administered under strict medical supervision).

    And people that capitalize their whole posts are wankers.

    Don’t even respond to people like this. I think they like trying to attack you / mark because they are trolls and get off on it.

  49. Anonymous on

    no i’m stating my opinion….you doing time twice has more to do with being stupid and getting caught…it had nothing to do with personal sacrifice…who are you trying to kid….christ you should be back in the ”iron inn” any day now…three hots and a cot…have fun slick

  50. mark gomez on

    hey anonymous,ya being funny, or what? some of us that believe in what we are doing, are ready to sacrifice, and, stand up for what is correct. some of you fold at the first sign of conflict. if you don’t have the courage of your convictions, shut the fuck up. i am sure you will enjoy the fruits of the sacrifices of these people, be thankful for these peoples sacrifices.
    i have done two stretches in prison for pot, 1 fed, 1 state, to this day i feel what i am doing is a stepping stone to free the weed. i guess your way is to demean people.
    if the feds made toothpaste illegal,you would most likely would stop brushing your teeth. nice…

  51. Anonymous on

    Take profit out of drugs ( decriminalize , legalise ) . Treat drug addicts or people that have problems with them . To lock up anyone for any drug is a continuation of the Salem witch trials in modern times . Telling someone exactly what to do and how to live is wrong and society cannot survive this way . Above all these laws were made by con- artists . To create money and power over weaker people . These laws created the problems we have now and those unfornate souls you mention . We are supposed to help each other not use people to make money out of their weaknesses .

  52. Siscokid on

    My kids, wife and I send you our love and positive vibes. I’m in my second year of this war against prohibition and would just like to say that you are an important part of our history and a person to be admired.

    Will be yelling out your name in the coming rally here in Hartford CT, thanks for being a possitive influence in our lives.

    The Lopez family

  53. Anonymous on

    I don’t know if Marc will get back to you or not, he can’t actually see this forum because he can’t surf the web, just do email stuff. Your story really reminded me how lucky I am just to have normal health. Getting purposely thrown down stairs at 6 years old is a pretty rough way to start things off. Unfortunately, we can’t choose out parents and a lot of them turn out to be pieces of crap. I can sympathize with the back pain. I strained my lower back a while ago and it was like torture every move I made for about 6 weeks. I was walking like a 90 year old, barely able to shuffle along. I almost went nuts just putting up with that for 6 weeks, I can’t imagine a whole lifetime of it. Back pain is absolutely debilitating and draining. I hope your abdomen problem turns out to be something treatable. You sure don’t need that on top of the back injury. I’m glad Cannabis gave you some relief. Pharmaceuticals just turn you into a drug addict on top of everything else. Opiates will cause some severe constipation too. Anyway, hope things improve for you somehow. Keep your chin up, brother. You made it this far in life with all of the obstacles put in front of you so I know that you can make it the rest of the way until fate decides that you have endured long enough.

  54. Sean Schofield on

    Sir anonymous,
    Because dear chap fishing in Sligo, with a huge fat one ready rolled looking into beautiful deep green gaelic eyes is imeasurably more enjoyable than dealing with los bandido’s.
    Besides there are better ways of makeing an income and snitching out vermin is still snitching, it goes against our culture.
    There are other ways of shall we say discouraging “anti-social” behaviour.
    Enjoy your spliffs boys and girls, keep sticking it to those assholes in govt.

  55. Son of Sam Walton on

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. I would love to write for CC . . . it would be pro-bono on my part. Hopefully Jodie or Marc would have me . . . I’ve been working on a letter to Jodie discussing my position on legalization, but I have yet to shorten it for her(you can tell I’m lengthy right). I’ve been working on a series of short stories about this war on drugs and all its nasty tentacles it has on all 7 continents (Yes, our waste of money means less research in Antarctica, which could prove pivotal to our future existence if we don’t have funds enough to develop technology to pin-point how we are fucking ourselves over with Modern Machines ran from oil and Natural Gas etc). I think of it this way: wouldn’t it be great if our kids had trees to play in and medicine enough to keep grandparents around longer and less incarcerations for little Johnny to see his dad. I believe in the America of the potential it has and then think that legalization could create a much more formidable NAFTA and EU and African Coalition etc –that way more will have a piece of the pie whom work for it (given they physically can work). Yes, the rich can stay rich, but why must the poor get poorer? It could mean a world of life where a child can live a longer life if we teach people to grow gasoline from hemp and make by with the seeds and other foods and a stockpile of hempseeds will be good . . . one plant per human could feed one for a month on the bare minimum –at least that’s better than starvation and we’d rid the world of the water destroying Natural Gas that makes oil look like prime baby formula. I think of the little things getting better, which will cause the bigger things to get better and that’s what hemp can do. If we grew marijuana and ate the seeds (keeping back a few for future plants) and used the fibers for housing and clothing and gasoline –those getting high will not be a burden on society if such a thing is capable on individual levels –but even the State or Government or local towns can accept fiber donations from all the hemp and weed growers growing on a non-industrial level . . . all could grow and the FEDS can make all the money in clothing, gasoline, wood etc at least.

  56. Anonymous on

    You obviously have no knowledge whatsoever. They are not trying to legalize harsh drugs like heroine, coke, meth etc. We just want to get marijuana legalized because of the amazing medicinal properties. There are thousands of people out there suffering from Chronic pain conditions and you can take all the narcotic painkillers you want and it never help. Marijuana is not bad for you in any way and it is the only thing there is for people like myself suffering from debilitating pain. What Jodi and Mark Emery are doing is one very amazing thing and thats standing up to our bullshit government and trying to help us people who need the only medication that helps them and that is marijuana. I think you need to learn a thing or 2 about what is going on cause you have no clue. Dont comment on shit you dont even know about. So Jodi and Mark are doing a really good thing for the people of Canada!!!!!!

  57. Libertarian in NC on

    Most people don’t know this, but when I was a child in the sixties, methamphetamine was available over the counter, in every drug store. It was called pep pills. It caused problems, but only for the people that abused it. For the people who used it cautiously, as you should all drugs, even aspirin, it was a great boon. Who knows how many people were not killed in automobile accidents, because a fatigued driver did not fall asleep? How many people avoided being mangled in factory machinery at work, because they were alert, despite sleeping poorly the night before?
    Now methamphetamine causes problems for everyone. People lose loved ones to prison, black market violence, police breaking into the wrong homes, with guns drawn, ready to kill people for defending themselves, drug manufacturing accidents, the list goes on. There is also the matter of wealth stolen by taxes, and of course the most insidious modus operendai of all, monetary inflation by the federal reserve, to pay for police, courts, and prisons. Last, but not least, let’s not forget our liberties, granted by the creator, and supposedly guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, that have been sacrificed on the altar of the drug war.
    You see, whenever any government interferes with markets, which are after all, only people’s aggregate behaviors, the problems caused are almost universally worse, than the original “problem”, which the politicians used to get elected, and to increase said government’s powers. People in their personal behaviors tend to maximize the benefits of something, while minimizing the drawbacks. Any economic activity short of something like murder for hire, should have no punishment, other than social approbation. Government at the most should be limited to an informational role, such as the warnings on cigarette packaging.
    The poor pitiful creatures you see, going to the methadone clinic, (methadone instead of methamphetamine?), were almost certainly screwed up before they ever heard of “meth”, and except for the idiocy of the drug war, no worse off than alcoholics, or cigarette smokers. In fact after watching both my parents die of cancer, I’d say that of all the drug dependent, the nicotine freaks have the worst habit.

  58. Anonymous on

    ….the question i asked the 4 time felon was …is there anything else you can do to make a living….considering his current circumstance {and the fact we are likely decades away from any changes on lealizing the stuff} , i thought it was a good question…unless of course the guy enjoys being a prisoner

  59. Brandon T. Gilligan on

    Hello my name is Brandon Thomas Gilligan I am 19 years old I suffer from severe back pain from when I was 6 years old I was thrown down a flight of stairs, doctor said I should be a quadroparapallegic, my grand father died from alzheimer’s he forgot who I was and strangled me for 2 or 3 minutes before a nurse got too him. My biological father left me the day of my birth he now lives wealthy and happy with another family. You are right about the fact of many drug addicts share the same relation by the absense of there biolgical father, I think that plays a key roll in it as wel.

    I’ve always been the outsider at school and a small guy so I got beat up quite abit. Then in grade 9 I found pot as something to cheer me up it worked fenominally. But now I suffer from chronic back pain, I’ve been going to tests for 5 months so far for an unusual pain in my abdominal area. theyve found out its my colon but they don’t know if its a dease or what yet; but I now smoke marijuana with insight I’ve learned so much by watching documentaries about you and ones you are in. I’ve taken that insight and I’m politically voiving my voice to people who wanna hear in my town(Keswick, Ontario). But I know your in prison if you could spare a minute or two of your time to give me a call I would really appreciate it thanks.
    905 716 9708
    Sincerely, Brandon T. Gilligan

  60. Anonymous on

    Seeing as cannabis is one of the biggest crops, with a very large number of tonnage being sold every year for decades because it is the most used and required and asked for illegal drug because it is the safer one out of alcohol and tobacco, and most people accept that if they understand research and the world around them..
    i mean has anyone stopped and wondered why so many people use it? they weigh the risks of the drug AND the risk of penalty and it still wins out. You people act on your own whim and the whim of those older people you managed to brainwash with lies. now all you can argue is association with other drugs that you associated it with to begin with.

    Dont you think that given the massive market and how far that market spreads.. then thousands and thousands of people MUST sell this stuff?? I mean how else are they going to get it? this dealer made people happier than you could. if you are only protecting those that wouldn’t want it anyway then whats your point exactly?

    people that work and have no time to grow or deal have to buy off a dealer. are they bad? fuck no, they fill a service.

    I go to work, i smoke a few times a year. maybe five.
    It is only fuckwits that stick it in the same category as meth. fuckwits that take my money to lock someone up and actually believe that what they are doing helps the world and justify it with cries about meth and heroin.
    have we ever heard exactly why it is justified to be in such a category?
    NO NEVER> except for the message to the children..fucking pathetic.
    How is that message working? they grow up and realise its safer and that the government has no clue.

    someone else will sell it and then I will have to pay more taxes to give people a wage to bust that guy too.while im still paying for the last guy that got locked up. the pot keeps flowing like forever it will.
    only you arseholes took your cut in the whole thing. more than once.

    as such, a cop that takes his words to the debate and talks meth, is as bad as a drug dealer because they keep the stuff moving in the blackmarket forever, based on meth.

    if you could show that you actually reduce use, or reduce supply then maybe you could argue with that, but you cant reduce desire for it. seeing as it is not addictive unless you mix it with tobbaco. its not like meth where the people that are non expecting end up addicted scratching themselves and poor and starving themselves sick and might deal it to get their supply.

  61. Anonymous on

    Seeing as cannabis is one of the biggest crops, with a very large number of tonnage being sold every year for decades because it is the most used and required and asked for illegal drug because it is the safer one out of alcohol and tobacco, and most people accept that if they understand research and the world around them..
    i mean has anyone stopped and wondered why so many people use it? they weigh the risks of the drug AND the risk of penalty and it still wins out. You people act on your own whim and the whim of those older people you managed to brainwash with lies. now all you can argue is association with other drugs that you associated it with to begin with.

    Dont you think that given the massive market and how far that market spreads.. then thousands and thousands of people MUST sell this stuff?? I mean how else are they going to get it? this dealer made people happier than you could. if you are only protecting those that wouldn’t want it anyway then whats your point exactly?

    people that work and have no time to grow or deal have to buy off a dealer. are they bad? fuck no, they fill a service.

    I go to work, i smoke a few times a year. maybe five.
    It is only fuckwits that stick it in the same category as meth. fuckwits that take my money to lock someone up and actually believe that what they are doing helps the world and justify it with cries about meth and heroin.
    have we ever heard exactly why it is justified to be in such a category?
    NO NEVER> except for the message to the children..fucking pathetic.
    How is that message working? they grow up and realise its safer and that the government has no clue.

    someone else will sell it and then I will have to pay more taxes to give people a wage to bust that guy too.while im still paying for the last guy that got locked up. the pot keeps flowing like forever it will.
    only you arseholes took your cut in the whole thing. more than once.

    as such, a cop that takes his words to the debate and talks meth, is as bad as a drug dealer because they keep the stuff moving in the blackmarket forever, based on meth.

    if you could show that you actually reduce use, or reduce supply then maybe you could argue with that, but you cant reduce desire for it. seeing as it is not addictive unless you mix it with tobbaco. its not like meth where the people that are non expecting end up addicted scratching themselves and poor and starving themselves sick and might deal it to get their supply.

  62. Anonymous on

    seeing this is your fourth felony conviction for pot one has to wonder…is there anything else you can do to make a living???

  63. Pierre Werner on

    Mr. Emery,
    I thank you for your detailed report. I signed my plea deal requiring me to be sentenced to 41 to 51 months. I am waiting to for the prosecutor to accept my plea, it was part of a group plea deal, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute less that 50 kilos. I too, am thankful for my “short” sentence as compared to unfortunate others.

    I believe that I will be sent to medium security facility because of my previous 3 marijuana felony convictions. I’m glad to hear things are pretty mellow there for you. I wish you the fast release as possible. Maybe I will run into you in BOP. I wish it could be under better circumstances but it is what it is.

    Keep Strong,
    Pierre Werner
    DrReefer

  64. Anonymous on

    thanks sammy….as always you leave no stone unturned to prove you are at the top of your game….have you ever considered becoming a full time writer for CC??????

  65. Son of Sam Walton on

    Legalize Meth -you destory the problem and make it shrink and safer. The best thing to do is to legalize it for the kids so they won’t have a Meth lab as a home. Shake n’ Bake is too costly given that most burn victims are dope cooks and not from other fires (Missouri Burn Ward). Logic dictates that the DEA are responsible, just like they are responsible for most of 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mumbai 08’ attacks, Chinese Olympic attacks, Russian attacks, violence in Mexico etc. Only the drug dealers have the most responsibility for these, but after that the direct blame comes from the DEA, according to the DEA and CIA and War College. But if the DEA didn’t exist and the law they protect, dealers wouldn’t be around and a mathematically precise formula for logic would dictate that the DEA and the DOJ are number #1 to blame (negating most of the dealers blame or you will know that locking up a McDonalds worker and a Gas Station worker for pollutions and dangerous foods is 100% admirable) when it comes to the crime and destruction and wars seen in the Middle East, attacks on Israel by Hamas and Hezbollah and Mexico. If Meth was legal –then labs would be too expensive and dangerous to even use . . . legalize meth and one nationally loses the recipes since most dope cooks keep the receipe in their heads and pass it via word of mouth . . . googleing dope recipes will first bring up Metaphysics and not Methamphetamine when web-browsers get fewer and fewer traffic for the key words. Since nature requires that every action be met with an opposite reaction, you will know that no greater ally does a Militant terrorist have or a cartel member or a gang banger has than the cops and judges and DEA and DA’s etc (CIA; DEA; War College). Even the DEA will state that they are the reason why 9/11 occurred when you analyze their data, though they will not use those direct words. Simply reading about 800-1800pgs of various government and news fact sheets reiterates the DEA’s and DOJ’s and DOC’s blame and if words will not suffice, then simply going to Mexico or Africa (CIA) or Afghanistan will show one who really is at fault. Why should hundreds of thousands of people be killed just to keep adults from using? Regulate and we can let DHS take care of the kids and jobs and benefits of those crippled addicted to get better results. If we let fat people (non-thyroid etc) waddle around in our streets and stores stealing food from the poor (the more you have means less in physics or Russia not once had massive Wheat and Grass fires), then we know that incarcerating them and fining them and taking away their children is just as good as doing the same thing for someone on meth or cooking meth or shooting heroin. A civilization is based on how they treat their prisoners and one can state that we are a barbaric race of Americans, Brits, Canadians etc or if Hitler only jailed his Jewish offenders, would that have made him a good Man? Why not arrest a parent and take the kids away if a child climbs a tree, given that such a thing as falling out isn’t a myth? Lock up all who will do something dangerous, such as Weld, Drive, Swim, climb, fly etc and the DEA will have no blame.

  66. Son of Sam Walton on

    I know you are keeping your mind and spirit and relationship strong, but are you taking advantage of the workout yard . . . doing pushups and pull-ups, using anything you can for a modified push up –maybe jogging in place? I’d hate to see you not get extremely healthy and face any potential health problems in the future. A muscled up Marc would only make the movement that much more stronger, while making your wife, Jodie weak in the knees after she sees a ripped and buffer Marc . . . I know she loves you as you are now, but she will swoon after seeing you all ripped and cut.

  67. Anonymous on

    sir i’m sure you are aware that most of north america’s ”meth” comes from mexico and is produced by the drug cartels…i also bet you know that most anyone with a chemistry backgrond can produce the stuff in an abandoned building , farmers field or rented hotel room…with the ease it can be made i hardly think the blame lies at the feet of the dea…having said that the dea could use all the help they can get…seeing as you are undoubtedly out of work , why not give them a call

  68. Son of Sam Walton on

    The best sure fire thing to do in keeping hard drug illegal is to first outlaw anything potentially dangerous and addictive such as obesity, driving (if a panel of experts can prove any such thing as a car wreck does in fact exist and not only in NASCAR), smoking, alcohol, cellphones (the potential for brain cancer) etc.

    If we cannot outlaw and imprison for these, then we will be dubbed hypocrites and hypocrites haven’t the ability to work, earn, make decisions, save money, donate, etc.

    If it can be proven that drug dealers exist and that it’s possible for drugs to be obtained by children, then we need a system to clean and regulate drugs and sold only to adults and use their buying practices to decide if they are selling or giving it to kids etc and offer them cheaper prices. If they are bums with addiction, we can lock them up in kennels for a week and get them treatment and potential job placement and if they are second time bums –we can ship them off to do slave labor and take the kids away. We can introduce coca chewing and coca teas and coca alcohol (like the ones you drink when you visit Holland) etc, which will reintroduce coke as something else and also keep supplies for it in demand on a non-drug level and it will eliminate crack if sold in a powder in a pharmacy. The only way to outlaw drugs is if we outlaw money and require a computer chip to be inserted into the forehead of consumer to regulate what one buys and sells via the chip and no cash or card, which will drive down the black market.

  69. sean schofield on

    Mark,
    When you get out watch a classic British comedy show from the 1970’s called “porridge” in it there was a character called Mr. Mckay, apparently he was a brain dead vegetable, then he applied for a job in the prison service, now he’s doing very very well indeed, rumour has it he is going to be promoted soon.
    Always remember that smart thinking can never ever be taken away from you and eventualy the brain dead vegetable’s who have so badly undermined Britain’s and the United states long term intrests will one day be held to account.
    Dennis Hopper in the film “true romance” did a particularly eloquent job of highlighting the mindset you are dealing with.
    There wouldn’t have been a methamphetamine problem if the cretin’s in the DEA had been doing their job properly.
    Soft on hard targets and hard on soft targets should be their motto.
    Fookin cretin’s the lot of em.

  70. Anonymous on

    creating a system of prohibition ensures that people will sell drugs to people that want them. if anything it encourages the more sales and use. you can expect some percentage to double think but not all. most people do but not all. so much money is involved and they have no way of ever getting that much otherwise. as a result its a self perpetuating system. then we all have to pay for the mess it created and we add to any other problems that are present greatly.

  71. Anonymous on

    Antagonizing poorly.

  72. foam on

    was starting to wonder since the last update was so long ago. Long Live The Prince!!

  73. Anonymous on

    Hey Guys, This is what a troll looks like. I ask, why would someone like this be surfing and reading CC?

  74. Anonymous on

    now now davy..calm down..i know the difference between methadone and methamphetamine….if anyone is confused it’s you…please ask anyone at a methadone clinic if they would preferr to be taking methadone or trading it in for the ”methamphetamine addiction and life style”….as far as coke and meth dealers go..none other than mrs emery will tell you the jails are jammed to the gunnels with these clueless ass holes…do you think they are all there on trumped up charges???????????….christ dave give up the bong for a year {like your hero marc did} ,join a gym and lay off the munchies and kraft dinner….

  75. Jack on

    and, somewhat absurdly, the subscription includes an “Islands Travel Bag”.

  76. Avraam on

    Islands magazine, should be there in 4 to 6 weeks

  77. Dave on

    No wonder you shout, you’re confused. Methadone, apparently more addictive than actual opiods, is used to treat opioid addictions. An addiction most likely created by the medical profession. Not by meth and coke dealers but by your “SAINTLY ENTREPRENEURS”; drug companies and their pushers, the doctors.

    By the sounds of you, you probably are not aware that the US military give its combatants meth. The US military, I suppose another one of your “SAINTLY ENTREPRENEURS”?

    You know what, I THINK YOU ARE A CONFUSED LIAR!

  78. Anonymous on

    mrs emery i can understand why many would like pot made legal…do you actually want heroin ,cocaine ,meth and any other harsh drug made ”legal”……furthermore , i think you seem anxious to blame everyone except for the ”dealer ” for their woes…i fear you and mr emery are terminally self deluded…

  79. Jodie on

    Those people who sold drugs of any kind wouldn’t have gotten into the trade if it was legal. There wouldn’t BE a drug trade for them to get into. And many of them had small amounts — a lot of simple possession cases — but because of the USA’s insane “three-strikes” laws, if someone stole a pizza, then got caught with some pot, and then were caught with pot and a few baggies, they would get 25 years to LIFE in prison. That’s insanity and it costs MILLIONS to house them. You really think people like that deserve prison? If you do, I feel bad that you’re so irrational and cruel and heartless, and eager to see people’s lives ruined because of mistakes borne of desperation or addiction, or simply being enticed into the drug trade because the USA’s wars abroad, mass imprisonment at home, and corrupt war-monger corporate-sponsored government ruined any chance of those unfortunate and desperate Americans getting a real job in the non-existent failed economy. The drug war is to blame, and the government is to blame for that.

  80. Anonymous on

    I RESIDE A FEW BLOCKS FROM A METHADONE CLINIC THAT LOOKS AFTER 850 ”PATIENTS” DAILY……MOST OF THESE UNFORTUNATE SOULS WERE ADDICTED TO METHAMPHETAMINE ….AFER SEEING THEIR CURRENT STATE OF MENTAL AND PHYSICAL RUIN I WONDER WHY MR EMERY WOULD QUESTION WHY METH OR COKE DEALERS SHOULD RECEIVE LONG PRISON SENTENCES…..DIDN’T THESE ”SAINTLY ENTREPRENEURS ” KNOW ABOUT THE SEVERITY OF THE SENTENCES BEFORE THEY STARTED UP THEIR CRIMINAL ENTEREPRISE?????????????????