Media Reports on Marc Emery Superbug Scare
CANNABIS CULTURE - Marc Emery has contracted the "superbug" MRSA and the mainstream media has picked up the story.
Though he is currently healthy and feeling fine, MRSA is a dangerous and potentially fatal form of bacteria, so this is big news:
Pot activist Emery infected with MRSA
by CBC News
Imprisoned Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery has three years to go before a possible early release from the U.S. federal prison system, if he can make it that long.
The B.C. pot advocate is serving five years in jail for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana through his mail-order cannabis seed business, but was recently handed another sentence.
Emery was recently diagnosed with an antibiotic-resistant infection called MRSA, according to his wife, Jodie Emery.
"He had a boil right above his rear end, and they tested it and that's what came back positive for MRSA," she said.
MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and is a form of staph bacterium that can cause infections which are extremely difficult to treat with most antibiotics, even those that work on regular staph infections. MRSA has become a big problem in recent years in some care homes, hospitals, and prisons in the U.S.
Jodie Emery is now gravely concerned for the future health of her husband.
"If you have surgery, it's really risky. So from this point on, when Marc comes home and if he ever needs surgery, the chances of infection that could lead to fatal consequences are real," she said.
One of Emery's former cellmates has since died from post-surgical complications involving an infection.
"[He] had an amputation of his leg and he just died of complications, so that terrifies me to think that Marc was there at the same time and it could be the same sort of strain."
No time to waste
In April, Emery was moved to a jail outside of Jackson, Miss. His request to be moved to a Canadian prison was rejected.
He's eligible to ask again in April 2013, but Emery isn't wasting the time he has to serve in the U.S., his wife said.
He finished high school through Grade 12 equivalency exams, and has prison officials asking him to teach business classes to other inmates.
"He's been offered to teach a small business course so he's trying to draft up the plans so he can teach them that," Jodie Emery said.
"He was learning Spanish but he's kind of lost the time to put in towards that but he took a drug education course. He's required to do that and he said he aced the class."
Emery has also become somewhat of a celebrity among fellow inmates.
"They saw him on TV, with Tommy Chong wearing the 'Free Marc' shirt on CNN so one of the prison bands wrote a song called the Prince of Pot after seeing Tommy Chong wearing his shirt," Jodie Emery said.
Emery could return to Canada at the earliest July 9, 2014.
- Article from CBC News.
Pot activist Marc Emery contracts superbug in prison
by News 1130
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) - Pot activist Marc Emery has contracted a bacterial infection that's highly resistant to antibiotics while serving time for selling marijuana seeds over the internet to American customers.
The superbug is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA.
His wife Jodie says he had a couple of boils on his backside, one of which tested positive for MRSA.
"When he arrived at the new prison in Mississippi, they tested him because they're hyper-alert about MRSA," Jodie Emery tells News1130. "I was very concerned when he told me, I cried. It was during our last visit, he let me know in person.
"It scares me of course, it scares me everyday, especially when you think about how quickly things can go wrong."
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the bacteria are commonly found on the skin and in the nose. It's primarily spread through skin-to-skin contact or by touching items that are contaminated. If left untreated, infections can develop into life-threatening complications, like an infection of the bloodstream.
Vancouver native Marc Emery has served time in several American prisons, including ones in Washington State, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Georgia. Jodie says he's comfortable at his current prison in Mississippi. His release date is set for July 2014.
- Article from News 1130.
‘Prince of pot’ Marc Emery treated for 'superbug' staph infection: wife
by Laura Kane, The Vancouver Sun
VANCOUVER - Jailed marijuana activist Marc Emery has suffered a “superbug” infection called MRSA, leaving his wife seriously concerned for his health as he serves at least three more years in a Mississippi prison.
Jodie Emery said he was diagnosed in April after a boil above his buttock tested positive for the infection.
While his initial outbreak has been treated, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus is a staph bacterium that can cause infections that are resistant to most antibiotics. MRSA is highly contagious and has become a widespread problem in prisons and hospitals, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website.
Emery, known as Vancouver’s “prince of pot,” is serving five years for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana through his mail-order cannabis seed company.
He was extradited to the United States last year and is expecting an early release date of July 9, 2014.
While Emery is trying to stay safe by washing his hands frequently and avoiding injuries, Jodie worries the MRSA could lead to fatal complications.
“Marc suffering this sort of dangerous infection after being extradited and imprisoned in the U.S. — after harming nobody at all — proves the insanity of war on marijuana,” Jodie said.
“Peaceful, non-violent people like Marc are being put in harm’s way because of prohibition.”
MRSA makes surgery risky and can create severe infections in open wounds. One of Emery’s former cellmates died of post-surgical complications involving an infection, Jodie said. Emery has been keeping busy in jail, learning bass guitar for a prison band called Stuck. Another group of prisoners wrote a song about him called Prince of Pot after seeing Tommy Chong wearing a "Free Marc" shirt on CNN.
“He’s in really good spirits emotionally,” Jodie said. “Trying to stay positive is the hardest thing for both of us.”
- Article from The Vancouver Sun.
The highly contagious MRSA bacteria has already caused more health problems for Marc Emery than dozens of years smoking pot.
by The Mark
Marc Emery, the self-styled “Prince of Pot,” has caught a bacterial infection while serving out a sentence for a drug conviction at a U.S. federal prison in Mississippi. Emery, a B.C. native and noted marijuana activist, has been diagnosed to have MRSA, a “superbug” that leads to painful abscesses and boils, which, in turn, can invite other treatment-resistant infections. MRSA, also known by its full name, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, is highly contagious and has spread around prisons, hospitals, and other environments where people live in close quarters. Emery, the founder of the Marijuana Party of Canada, faces at least three more years in prison for a conviction of selling marijuana seeds.
- Article from The Mark.
B.C.'s imprisoned 'Prince of Pot' seriously ill
by QMI AGENCY
The man known as the "prince of pot" has contracted a serious infection while in prison in the U.S.
Vancouver native Marc Emery, the marijuana activist, is serving time in Mississippi for selling mail-order marijuana seeds to American customers.
He's been diagnosed with an antibiotic-resistent "superbug" - a bacterial infection called MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, MRSA can develop into serious, life-threatening complications, but most cases are limited to the skin and can be successfully treated. It's highly contagious and spreads quickly through areas with large contained populations, like prisons and health-care facilities.
"I suffer anxiety whenever I don't hear from Marc for a number of hours at a time... And I'm scared for his health," reads a tweet from Emery's wife Jodie. "Thankfully Marc is in a Bureau Of Prisons facility with better medical care than private prisons..."
Emery is the publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine (his prison blog is published on its website), and was a founding member of the Marijuana Party of Canada and the BC Marijuana Party. He ran for mayor in Vancouver three times.
Emery was extradited to the U.S., and has three years left of his five-year sentence, with his release date set for July 2014.
- Article from London Free Press.
Marijuana Activist Suffers From MRSA
by French Tribune
Marc Emery, a Marijuana protester, is suffering from a superbug illness (MRSA). He came in contact with the disease, after a boil above his buttock proved that there was an infection. Moreover, the Mississippi prison authorities have already given many antibiotics to treat the infection.
The U. S. Centers for Disease Control website claims that recently, MRSA has become an extensive dilemma in the prisons and hospitals.
Earlier, he was getting a private facility in Georgia but then he got shifted to Mississippi and he also filed a request that he should be moved to Canadian prison but it got rejected.
His wife, Jodie Emery, also claimed that due to post- surgical problems, one of the Emery’s former cellmates died because after the surgery, MRSA created serious problems, which further lead in causing several infections to the open wounds.
She added, "I was very worried when I got the news, I also cried because it every day scares me, especially when you think about how quickly things can go wrong".
Although for selling marijuana seeds in Vancouver, Canadian police arrested him, many people around the world sent him thousands of support letters saying that Marc Emery saved their lives because in 1996, when the medical marijuana became legal in California, he gave a number of seeds to the needy people.
- Article from French Tribune.
Pot Activist Picks Up Super Bug
by CFJC TV7
Marijuana activist Marc Emery has picked up much more than just a criminal record while serving time in a U-S prison for selling marijuana seeds over the Internet.
Emery's wife, Jodie, says the Vancouver-based activist has tested positive for a bacterial infection that's highly resistant to antibiotics.
She says Emery was tested for the super bug M-R-S-A when he arrived at a new prison in Mississippi.
If left untreated, M-R-S-A-resistant infections can develop into life-threatening complications, such as an infection of the bloodstream.
- Article from CFJC TV7.
Pot activist Marc Emery positive for superbug
by Metro Vancouver
VANCOUVER - Vancouver marijuana activist Marc Emery has picked up a potentially serious bacterial infection while serving time in several U.S. prisons.
Emery's wife, Jodie, says the 53-year-old has tested positive for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as the super bug MRSA.
Emery says her husband was tested when he arrived at the Mississippi prison where he was transferred while serving his five year sentence for selling cannabis seeds to U.S. customers via the Internet.
If left untreated, MRSA-resistant infections can lead to life-threatening complications, such as an infection of the bloodstream.
Emery was sentenced in Seattle in September, 2010 after being extradited from Canada.
He was denied a transfer to a Canadian jail in April of this year and has served time in prisons from Washington State to Nevada, Oklahoma and Georgia, while awaiting his release date, set for July 2014. (News1130)
- Article from Metro Vancouver.
Need To Know: 1. ‘Prince of pot’ contracts superbug in prison
Vancouver’s self-proclaimed “prince of pot,” Marc Emery, has been infected by a superbug known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to his wife Jodie. She says Emery, who is currently serving a five-year prison term in a Mississippi facility, was diagnosed with the condition a year ago, when a boil located above his buttock tested positive for MRSA. Emery is two years into his sentence for conspiracy to manufacture marijuana via a mail-order cannabis seed operation.
- Article from Mcleans.
Marc Emery contracts superbug in U.S. prison
Vancouver's so-called "Prince of Pot" has been diagnosed with a bacterial infection that's highly resistant to antibiotics while serving time in a U.S. prison.
Marc Emery's wife Jodie says the marijuana activist contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) sometime between being locked up in Washington State and transferred to a facility in Mississippi.
A boil was discovered on Emery's back upon his arrival at the Yazoo City Medium Security prison, Jodie told ctvbc.ca., which then tested positive for MRSA.
"I am worried for him. Thankfully he's in a somewhat better prison right now and they're very concerned about MRSA and are doing everything they can to keep it in check," she said.
MRSA skin infections can cause complications such as blood, bone or lung infections if left untreated.
Outbreaks of MRSA have been common in prisons across the U.S. for years, spurring the federal government to release a set of MRSA management guidelines in April.
Jodie says the diagnosis is an unpleasant surprise with the couple's five-year wedding anniversary fast approaching on July 23.
"We're still both looking forward to that and hope that after his release we can spend the rest of our anniversaries together," she said.
Emery is due to be released on July 9, 2014.
His recent application to serve the remainder of his sentence in Canada was rejected. He can reapply for transfer in 2013.
- Article from CTV.
Prince of Pot Marc Emery treated for skin infection
by The Province
Canada’s “Prince of Pot” has contracted a serious bacterial infection while serving a five-year prison sentence in the U.S. for selling marijuana seeds.
Vancouver marijuana activist Marc Emery was diagnosed with MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureu — a painful infection that often appears on the skin — after he was transferred from a private prison in Georgia to Mississippi in late spring.
According to Emery’s wife Jodie, the trouble first began when Emery was bitten by a brown recluse spider while serving time in Georgia and the bite took several months to heal. He was given antibiotics for the bite, but then developed a painful boil on his backside while transferring by bus to a Mississippi prison. Doctors tested the boil and discovered the skin infection, Jodie said.
“I was worried sick to hear it,” she said, adding that he was forced to fight the antibiotic-resistant infection without medication.
Jodie said the infection has since stabilized but the bug remains in his system. “I’m still very concerned. He has to be extra vigilant with any cuts or scrapes.”
Emery, the founder of the B.C. Marijuana Party, was sentenced to five years in prison in September 2010 after being extradited from Canada.
According to Jodie, the recent infection has been worrisome, but Emery’s keeping up his spirits with music.
“He joined a prison band,” Jodie said. “He’s spending all his spare time learning how to play the bass guitar ... he already knows 14 or 15 songs.”
- Article from The Province.