5 weeks ago was our last full day together…

It’s almost 11pm on Sunday, November 1st. Five weeks ago, Marc and I were spending our last night together, counting down the 11 hours until his court appearance and incarceration on Monday, September 28th.

We spent our last Saturday and Sunday nights staying late at the office with our friends/employees, smoking a lot of cannabis and talking about good memories. Marc signed the last sets of “Prince of Pot” DVDs, large and small “FREE MARC” posters, and copies of CC #57 (printed the day of the raid, and released with a warning sticker on the final seed catalogue).

Our last night together at workOur last night together at workWe took some photos of everyone together in our store/office those nights, and cherished every moment, knowing that we would soon be torn apart for what could be five long years…

I’m crying now, remembering how precious and important those last few days were. It was hard to come to terms with the fact he was going to jail. We knew it was coming and we accepted that, but it doesn’t make being separated any less painful. We tried to do everything as we would normally do, but also take time out to just love each other, and had a beautiful final few days together (though every day we spent together was wonderful, and the last few months especially so).

Everything seems much more intense lately. I cry almost every day because I miss Marc so much, and sometimes I cry when reading the newspaper because I’m just so sad and concerned about the way our country is changing. The Stephen Harper Conservative government is taking Canada in a very scary direction — they’ve doubled the prison budget, introduced laws to eliminate parole and early release, passed laws that take away the double time credit for pretrial imprisonment, restrict prisoners’ rights and rehabilitation programs (no more farming or animals, fewer in-person visits, and possibly even taking away voting privileges like in the USA), and spending undisclosed billions of dollars on the military… Those are just some parts of the overhauling of Canada, and there is so much more everyone should know…

Marc wrote an incredible review of the Conservative Party’s terrible impact on Canada called “Stephen Harper and The End of Days (of Canada as we know it): Revelations about the Conservative Party’s direction for Canada”, and it can be heard on his fourth “Prison Pot-cast” audio report (click here to listen). You should also listen to his other “Prison Pot-cast” recordings, as it gives you a look into his daily life and thoughts while behind bars.

It’s difficult accepting what has happened but I’m staying very strong, and I’m learning a tremendous amount running every part of our organization and business, and managing various campaigns. I get through each day with a lot of support, and Marc calls me at least 4 times every day. I get to visit him every Sunday; in fact, I saw him earlier tonight. Visiting Marc is one of the best parts of my life — seeing him, looking into his eyes, examining his face and remembering what it was like to kiss and touch him…

The glass barrier and awful little metal sound grate prevent us from being able to make any physical contact, but we put our hands up to the glass and stare into each others’ eyes. I so cherish that one hour together each week… I can’t imagine what it’ll be like to not see Marc this often. I don’t know if I’ll be able to visit him in the USA, as he might be far away in Florida, Georgia, Texas, or wherever there’s space in the federal prison system, and I might not be able to make it to his facility…

I wish he could just serve his time in Canada. People should be contacting the Justice Minister and asking him to have Marc charged for the same crimes in Canada — after all, selling seeds is against the law, the Vancouver Police investigated Marc in 2003 (but the Crown refused to lay charges), Marc conducted his activities in Canada at all times, and other seed sellers have been charged in Canada. It doesn’t make sense that Marc Emery is facing extradition to, and imprisonment in, the United States.

Please do what you can to help free Marc and all drug war prisoners. It’s horrifying that so many people must suffer under prohibition… I’ve made it through five weeks so far, and there are many more to come, but I know that this hard work and suffering will help me grow, so I can be strong enough to change the world alongside my husband and hero, Marc Scott Emery. I love you, my prince…

Jodie Emery
Jodie Emery

Jodie Emery is a Canadian cannabis activist, politician and business owner. She is the wife of activist Marc Emery, and owner of Cannabis Culture Magazine, Pot TV, Cannabis Culture Lounge and Cannabis Culture Headquarters.

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