VIDEO: Prince of Pot Prosecutor John McKay Meets with Jodie Emery, Calls for Marijuana Legalization: VIDEO

CANNABIS CULTURE - The former U.S. government attorney who helped put pot activist Marc Emery behind bars joined on Wednesday with Emery's wife Jodie to call for the end of marijuana prohibition.

The press conference (held on April 18, 2012) was organized by Stop the Violence BC, an activist group founded by Dr. Evan Wood that has had major success in acquiring high-profile endorsements for legalization.

"Mexican drug cartels, dangerous gangs operating both in the United States and Canada, are all profiting from the black market that's created by our failed policy," McKay told reporters. "What do we do about the violence that's being spawned here? The pits with headless bodies that are thrown in? It's because they are servicing the demand for drugs, beginning with marijuana, moving all the way through to cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroine."

"I think it's always a great moment when we have more people joining the call to end prohibition in order to save lives, save money, and get rid of the criminal control of this industry," Jodie Emery said. "When we get people who are on the frontlines, who saw the damage done, admit the policy needs to be changed, I think that's always a wonderful thing."

The speakers panel also featured Geoff Plant, the former attorney general of British Columbia, who recently added his voice to the chorus of former Canadian politicians and lawmakers calling for an end to marijuana prohibition.

Though he now thinks marijuana laws are harmful, McKay said he was not sorry for helping put Marc Emery behind bars because the activist broke the law.

"Mr. Emery chose to change marijuana policies by breaking them rather than advocating for change. I think that was a tremendous mistake," he said.

"I know that he was just doing his job," Emery said of McKay. "There are many harmless people who are put in prison and I don't believe my husband should be in prison, I still miss him terribly. But I understand that this law, the prohibition of marijuana, forces police to continue to arrest people and put them in prison.

"My husband, although he did violate the law by selling seeds, nobody was harmed in that exchange and the money used was sent to activists and organizations throughout the United States to try and push towards this change. ... Civil disobedience, when it is done peacefully and non-violently is an important step in changing any unjust law."

The conference was attended by most of the major Canadian media. Read a collection of mainstream media reports of the event or watch the full video on Pot TV.

Comments

What a tool this poor-man

What a tool this poor-man is.

He can't bear to come to terms with the violence he's caused others, yielding the corrupted might of the justice system as the means to eke out his survival.

He has to resort to believing in himself as the avenger of the omnipotent injustice. After all what would it be without people like him serving as its pillars, holding up the faith that we're all forced to believe.

It's a survival mechanism that helps him sleep at night. But deep down, he has got to know, breaking unjust laws is advocating for change.

This poor-man, victim of his own machinations, that would save us all.

"If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth--certainly the machine will wear out. If the injustice has a spring, or a pulley, or a rope, or a crank, exclusively for itself, then perhaps you may consider whether the remedy will not be worse than the evil; but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn. " Thoreau

Well said

Thanks for your eloquent and succinct statement of the truth; that these public parasites (or predators?) have destroyed millions of lives simply as a means to justify their funding. Sadly, even Marc and Jodi have bought in to this 3rd Reich rationale, that people "enforcing the law" have no choice but to brutalize and destroy innocent people if that's what the law allows them to do. The world passed judgement on that concept at Neuremburg when the Nazis raised it as their principle defense. Apparently the moral construct that allowed us to appreciate the obscenity of that defense is no longer operative in our society. Marc and Jodi have no right to speak for (or to) the movement in excusing these govt. criminals as blameless for their crimes against us.

I was just following orders

Jodie is 100% right: No harm. No crime.
The predators attempt to justify their crime by claiming "I was just following orders" and I have no responsibility. Holding these corrupt prohibitionists liable is the only solution. In defending our rights, suitable accountability must be demanded. As the courts have decided, public officials CAN be sued for their misconduct. With every victory in court, we should sue for damages. With every loss in court, we should sue for damages. Allowing the travesty to continue; raided, ripped off and ruined... the so called drug war is simply a version of genocide and atrocity. How many millions of people have been subject to this abuse and violation of Charter rights? How many billions have been stolen or "given" in bribes? How many lives will be sacrificed to this evil agenda before we put an end to the madness. I believe that Dr. Morgentaler had the right idea when he filed a lawsuit after his win in court. Moving from province to province using the same "message", women's rights were advanced.

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