On Friday, August 5, Marc Emery and his employee Greg Williams were released from jail. The pair had been incarcerated on Friday, July 29. It is traditional for Vancouver Police to make these sort of busts on a Friday before a long weekend, to ensure that their prey must spend a few nights in jail before they are able to see a judge and set bail.
Emery came down to the BC Marijuana Bookshop to be welcomed by friends and allies. He was immediately on the phone doing interviews with a variety of media outlets.
“If I thought my death or my lifetime imprisonment even at great suffering would bring about the liberation of the millions of people around the world who are oppressed, I am looking forward to that,” said Emery.
“If I have to be the sacrificial lamb then this is a good thing, if it gets people motivated.?It’s what I’ve always wanted to do – make Canada free. Ultimately, I’m fit and ready for battle.”
In interviews, the head of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Karen Tandy, made it clear that her departments attack on Emery were an effort to derail his political campaign for cannabis legalization.
“Today’s arrest of Mark (sic) Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine and the founder of a marijuana legalization group, is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in the US? and Canada, but also to the marijuana legalization movement,” said Tandy.
“Hundreds of thousands of dollars of Emery’s illicit profits are known to have been channeled to marijuana legalization groups active in the United States and Canada.? Drug legalization lobbyists now have one less pot of money to rely on.”
Another group with less revenue is the Government of Canada, which had been collecting regular income taxes from Emery’s seed sales. “The federal government was aware, because I told them that I sold seeds,” said Emery.? “They said to me, ‘You’re the only guy that’s ever admitted that.’ The federal government is more complicit than I am by far.”
The shut-down of Emery Direct Marijuana Seeds will also mean hard times ahead for Pot-TV, Cannabis Culture, the BC Marijuana Party, and other organizations founded by Emery. Donations and support are welcomed at this important time.