My letter about Marc published in the Nanaimo Daily News

Emery has been a strong leader for his community

The Daily News
Published: Saturday, October 03, 2009

Re: ‘King of Pot’s punishment was no surprise’ (Daily News, Sept. 29)

Marc Emery was expecting to get punished. What he was not expecting was that the Canadian government would hand him over to the U.S. government. Emery is a political activist and thought — quite reasonably — that he would get his opportunity to make his case in front of Canadian judges within the Canadian legal system.

Secondly, the Canadian government has been ignoring the LeDain Commission report and it’s recommendations of legalization of possession and cultivation for the last 37 years. The Canadian government has been ignoring the Senate report and it’s recommendations of legal cannabis sales for the last seven years. No reason has been given by the government for ignoring the science and experts on this issue.

Rather that sit around and watch millions of harmless Canadians go to jail, waiting in vain for an irrational and irresponsible government to do something, Emery stood up and organized his community. He is as guilty as a person selling grape seeds over the border during alcohol prohibition.

David Malmo-Levine


See the original letter this was in response to:

David Malmo-Levine



  1. David on

    Well said man. I agree. Although I believe people should write letters threatening their politician with voting for his/her opponent in the next election if they don’t side with you on this issue. An then doing just that if their opponent agrees with us. Besides three politicians in America. Most believe speaking out on this issue is political suicide, and their afraid of the backlash from their party members. While the minority really believe the reefer madness lies. Their also afraid siding with us on this issue will make them look soft on crime. Since the majority of Canadians (52%) believe that marijuana should be legalized. If the political parties in Canada saw that 52% of votes in the next election went to their opponent who said they’d help get marijuana laws reformed. An they said they refused to help get marijuana laws reformed. Do you really believe they wouldn’t try to do something about it throughout the next political term to get their party members re-elected? Marc was right when he said you guys need to get out and vote. Your country is run by democracy not a dictator.

  2. Anonymous on

    Good reponse to the disgusting letter in wich the coward author dosn’t even put his/her name. Bravo David. Nice going!

  3. David Malmo-Levine on

    “it’s votes that count, not protests and phone calls.”

    It’s not like Marc and his associates have avoided the political system – Marc helped create the Canadian Marijuana Party, the BC Marijuana Party, and has lobbied all of the other big Parties – Jodie has run for the Green Party.

    What have you done, aside from criticize the guy in jail for not doing enough?

  4. Caber1 on

    Who knows what will work anymore. If those in power don’t want to change I don’t see how we can do it without outright revolution.

    Marc has put the message out for many years and countless studies have been done proving the safety of marijuana and yet those in power act as if nothing has changed since the laws began. We are supposed to be lead by the smartest and brightest, but from what I have seen they are more like the dumbest and densest.

    Even when the courts decide in our favor the government and police just ignore the decision and continue to do what they want. And what do you get if you open your mouth?

    So no, I probably won’t write any letters anymore. What I will do is continue to overgrow and support through donations those that continue to fight in the courts and in the halls of government.

    Maybe what someone needs to do is organize or put together a voter association which can guarantee a certain amount of votes to the federal party which makes marijuana freedom one of its reforms.

    And just in case any authority figure is reading this. As it is today with all your draconian laws and punishments, I still get all the marijuana and mushrooms I could ever want and morons like you are dumber than most people think you are, to ever think that your laws could ever make a difference to this.

    Maybe someone should just send this letter.

  5. Anonymous on

    Rather that sit around and watch millions of harmless Canadians go to jail, he became a harmless Canadian gone to jail. What purpose did it serve? Have enough people finally gotten pissed off to actually effect change or has his effort been in vain? I am sorry to say, while the many protests, phone calls and letters/e-mails have looked impressive, they really haven’t changed a damned thing have they? it’s votes that count, not protests and phone calls.

  6. Anonymous on

    wow, nice letter.