Marc Emery’s friends and supporters are using one of U.S. President Barack Obama’s democracy outreach projects to get the president to weigh in on the pot advocate’s stay in a U.S. prison.
Under Obama’s newly-launched ‘We The People’ program, anyone who can gather 5,000 names on a petition will receive a formal response.
In Emery’s case, the petition-signing effort took just nine days, and Emery’s supporters now expect a presidential response within 30 days.
“Marc is a political prisoner stolen from his home country for the crime of financing cannabis activism in the U.S.A. and Canada through selling seeds,” said Emery’s wife Jodie.
“There was widespread opposition to his extradition in the first place, and now we’re demonstrating that thousands of people want Marc to be free and sent home to Canada,” she said.
The online-petition program designated ‘We the People’ guarantees an official response provided 5,000 people sign up, so Emery’s backers are hopeful.
“Welcome to We the People on WhiteHouse.gov,” reads the government website. “This tool provides you with a new way to petition the Obama Administration to take action on a range of important issues facing our country.
“If a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.”
Obama is quoted on the website, outlining his objectives for the program.
“When I ran for this office, I pledged to make government more open and accountable to its citizens,” the president is quoted as saying. “That’s what the new We the People feature on WhiteHouse.gov is all about – giving Americans a direct line to the White House on the issues and concerns that matter most to them.”
Jodie Emery told The Province that having her husband serve out his sentence in Canada is a reasonable goal.
“He’s a Canadian – American taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for a Canadian to be in jail there,” she said. “That’s always the goal – he should never have left Canada.
“He’s agreed to serve his time, but his supporters are upset that he’s in the United States.”
Emery is currently behind bars in Mississippi at the Yazoo City medium-security prison, hoping to be set free on an early release date of July 9, 2014.
– Article from The Province.