The other day a fellow whom I know asked me what I thought was the most important work marijuana activists can do to further the cause. He clarified that he didn’t just mean politics, but that he was speaking about the whole movement in general.
I thought about this for awhile and a number of people who have been active in marijuana politics came to mind. Two in particular, Jack Herer and Marc Emery.
I remembered Marc Emery’s cure for the impoverished welfare class– 2 lights and 3 months free rent. Sort of a compassionate libertarian approach there.
But Marc had a sound bite “Overgrow The Government,” and that is exactly what he endeavored to do. His efforts, along with many other people have helped to change the context of the political scene. He was providing seeds that directly challenged the government. The growers who grew the marijuana were also directly challenging the government and continue to directly challenge the government– which sends a clear message to all governments, whether or not you allow us to do this—that is, grow and use marijuana, medically or otherwise—we still will. The governments can close all the borders so no marijuana is imported, but that really doesn’t matter when it is literally grown right in its own backyard.
So, answering that fellow’s question, brought another question up– could Proposition 215 have passed without the contextualization of the issue by growers who made marijuana available? I don’t think so.
But are growers and distributors the most important? That is sort of like asking what is the most important part of the wristwatch? Of course there is no most important piece, if it is missing any part it doesn’t work.
However, the importance of Marc Emery far exceeds the sound bite or his brave distribution of seeds to people across the United States. He is a fighter for freedom. Both in terms of political defiance of the government through cultivation and through activism—Marc challenged the Canadian law which censored or prescribed certain publications like “drug magazines” and my books. Then, after a prolonged vacation, he came back to Vancouver and started Cannabis Culture Magazine, the BC Marijuana Party, a political book and paraphernalia store, cafes, and in the process he changed the marijuana scene all over Canada. He put his life and body on the line, like when he went on his Bust Me Now tour, which wound up with him getting busted, and serving time for passing a joint in Halifax.
Now the government of Canada is extraditing him to the United States. He will likely serve a much longer sentence there than in Canada. If he was subject to Canadian law he would most likely not been tried at all and if he actually was tried, he would likely get a maximum sentence of probation.
The question now is, why would Canada be willing to give up one of its citizens and lose a little bit of its sovereignty in a “Billy Bud” type case where everyone knows it is wrong but goes along with it anyway?
TELL BOTH THE CANADIAN AND AMERICAN GOVERNMENT THAT YOU DISAPPROVE OF THE TREATMENT OF MARC.
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YOU CAN STILL HELP!
Please contact Judge Ricardo Martinez in Seattle, Washington and tell him that he should let Marc Emery return home to Canada with a no-prison sentence instead of the 5-year term in the plea deal.
Mail: Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez
700 Stewart Street, Suite 13134
You can also contact Conservative Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews and tell him to allow Marc to sever his time in Canada as part of the Treaty Transfer process.
Office of Public Saftey
Web Contact Form: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/abt/min-eng.aspx
…or you can just ask OBAMA to do the right thing and pardon.
Sign the Petition at Change.org – Targeting Obama
Stop the Extradition of Marc Emery! Let Marc Emery Go Free!