I remember

I remember, several years before Marc Emery came to Vancouver, walking into a room of activists with the intent of introducing the idea that marijuana prohibition was a human rights issue.

After being laughed out of the room with none of my arguments being taken seriously, I found myself kicking a wall out of frustration. They noticed that and politely asked me not to return. (Ah, the joys of being an angry young man.)

It did not disuade me from carrying my home made, home sewn marijuana banner on the next Peace March, which was the big activist turn-out in those days. It was there and due to this that I first met Dana Larsen, David Malmo-Levine, Chris Bennett, and others who had come to their own conclusions on marijuana and were not afraid to say so in public. We all rejoiced when “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” came out and began exposing the reasons behind prohibition. Over the years, the movement has become louder and more mainstream, and now no one can deny the importance of stopping the drug war as a significant human rights issue.

I first began working for Marc Emery several years ago as the website archivist. Most of the stories from the backissues online past issue 12 were entered by me over the years that I’ve worked here. I’ve also been the webmaster of the site for a couple of years, some of you may remember me by my old username nebula. During the entire time, I stayed quietly in the background. When there was only me pressing the issue, it was easy to speak out. As time went by, more and more people were speaking out, some of them louder than others, and I found my voice to be drowned out.

Fortunately, with the age of the internet and specifically blogs, everyone can have a voice. I’ve been told that in battle to end the “War on Drugs”, everyone’s voice is important. I therefore happily add my voice to those that believe the “War on Drugs” is an ongoing violent crime against humanity, and therefore must be stopped immediately.

Marius Soska
Assitant Editor
Cannabis Culture Magazine